Police ID Officer Involved in Fort Polk Soldier Shooting

Mitchell-Ryan-Bethin-mugAlexandria police release more information about the officer-involved shooting that happened August 16th. Fork Polk soldier, 22-year-old Mitchel Ryan Bethin, is charged with aggravated assault with a gun and simple battery.

APD identified the officer as Corporal Clifton Fairbanks, a 14-year veteran. State investigators say the preliminary investigation revealed Fairbanks likely saved the life of another citizen when he shot Bethin in the parking lot of a convenience store.

However, Bethin has hired well-known criminal lawyer mike small. He is calling for a preliminary exam, which he says will show his client was not at fault.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/25/14