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Fort Polk Soldier shot by Alexandria, La. police

Fort Polk Soldier shot by Alexandria, La.police officer
Fort Polk Soldier shot by Alexandria, La.police officer

An investigation is underway in the non-fatal shooting of a Fort Polk Soldier early this morning in the parking lot of a convenience store on MacArthur Drive in Alexandria, La. The police officer involved in the incident has not been identified.

Mitchel Ryan Bethin, 22, of Fort Polk, allegedly pointed a handgun at another individual involved in an altercation in the parking lot of the Circle K store. Bethin was fired upon after he repeatedly refused to put down his weapon. The other individual has not been named.

Initial reports indicate that the police officer hit Bethin at least once. E.M.S. arrived a short time after the 3 a.m. shooting and transported the Soldier to nearby Rapides Regional Medical Center. Admitted with serious injuries, Bethin is listed in guarded condition, one step up from critical condition.

The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Louisiana State Police. The officer involved is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

Authorities say it’s likely that Mitchel Ryan Bethin will be charged in the incident.

Happening now: Multiple law-enforcement agencies, in full riot gear, are attempting to break up the protesting and looting in Ferguson, Mo., after hundreds have been rioting on the streets for the last week. The riots began following the officer-involved shooting of a young, black male. Authorities have implemented a curfew and are ready to enforce the “clear the streets” order. As of 11 p.m. Pacific Time, there appears to be a stand-off with the police and the crowd. Smoke canisters have been deployed.

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