On October 18, 2017, the Franklinton Police Department responded to an incident at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds that began with an argument and led to a fight. During the altercation, witnesses told Officers one individual fired a BB gun at another individual, who sustained a minor injury to his back. Officers from the Franklinton Police Department and Rayburn Correctional Center quickly responded, after a foot pursuit, 2 individuals were taken into custody. Neither had a weapon on them at the time and a search of the area did not reveal any weapons. Another individual was located and taken into custody and later charged with Disturbing the Peace by Fighting.
The investigation continues and with more arrests to follow. Chief Olander Smith said, "We will not tolerate anyone fighting or causing a disturbance which would interrupt the Fair”. He commended officers for their quick response to the situation and apprehending the persons involved.