A Metro officer who fired an accidental rifle shot shorty after New Year’s Eve has been identified. The incident occurred near the Monte Carlo about 1:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Metro has confirmed that Officer Albert Beas accidentally discharged his weapon while he was moving protective barriers. It’s not known why the rifle had a bullet in the chamber as officers participated in clearing the streets.
One person suffered a slight injury to his calf, possibly caused by bullet fragments that ricocheted off the sidewalk. An accidental discharge is not normally a cause for disciplinary measures, though the incident is under review.
The name Al Beas should ring a bell. He has been mentioned many times in I-Team reports about an FBI investigation into possible corruption among vice detectives. Beas worked for years as the partner of star Vice Cop Chris Baughman. Both officers have been mentioned in court documents related to the FBI probe.
Beas was suspended for several weeks last year after he reportedly admitted to his superiors he had engaged in sexual relations with prostitutes. The women were key witnesses in cases aimed at prostitution rings controlled by notorious pimps now serving long prison sentences.
The names of Beas and Baughman have figured prominently in appeals filed by the convicted pimps and both men are believed to be primary targets of an FBI corruption probe that began in 2014.