Police in Redding, Calif., have identified the officer involved in a Dec. 18 shooting of a homeless man under the Cypress Avenue Bridge.
According to The Record Searchlight, Officer Kenneth Marks, who has been with the force since June 2006, was cleared to return to full duty.
Shasta County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Jackson said prior to working a DUI checkpoint, Marks went under the bridge to urinate. That’s when Joseph Galbraith approached him while holding a pair of metal tweezers and threatened he had a knife, authorities said.
Galbraith got within 3 to 5 feet of the officer when he was shot in the upper torso.
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He admitted to smoking methamphetamine and marijuana earlier in the day, Jackson said.
Galbraith was also found to be in possession of a large folding knife and a box cutter.
Galbraith was transported to Mercy Medical Center to be treated for his injury after the incident.
Galbraith survived and due to being admitted to the hospital, he was released from custody pending a criminal complaint filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, according to KRCRTV.com.
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So far, there are no charges filed against Galbraith, who has prior experience with law enforcement, including assault with a deadly weapon and drinking in public.
Marks has been placed on administrative leave with pay as the investigation continues. He was not hurt during the incident.