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Officer in Student Assault Investigation Accused of Pepper Spraying Vet in 2005

The South Carolina deputy who is under investigation after videos circulated online showing him assaulting a female student in a classroom has a history of violence, according to a man who said he was assaulted by the officer in 2005.

Carlos Martin, a 36-year-old Army veteran, told New York Daily News that he filed a lawsuit against Ben Fields, the officer identified in the videos, after he was allegedly assaulted by Fields on Oct. 24, 2005.

Martin said that he had recently moved to Columbia, South Carolina, and was working at the Moncrief Army Community Hospital at Fort Jackson.

Fields, who had been responding to a separate complaint at the apartment complex Martin resided in, reportedly confronted Martin about playing loud music in his car.

Martin told the New York Daily News that an argument ensued, and Fields “snapped” after Martin called him “dude,” and slammed Martin on the ground.

Martin said Fields went on to use pepper spray on him and ended up using the entire can, which Martin said he was able to resist because of his military training. “He became even more violent because I didn’t react like most people would,” Martin explained.

Martin also said that his wife at the time, Tashiana Rogers, witnessed the assault, and came to the scene to take pictures with her cellphone. Martin claimed Fields told his partner to “get her black ass,” and the officer responded by taking Rogers’ phone and deleting the pictures.

Martin said that although he filed a lawsuit against Fields, and criminal charges against Martin and Rogers were ultimately dropped, it took four years for Martin’s case to go to trial. During that time, he was labeled as a criminal in the military. The lawsuit was eventually dropped due to lack of evidence of excessive force.

[RELATED: Investigation Requested After Video Shows Resource Officer Assaulting Student]

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced on Monday that he requested the FBI launch an independent investigation into Fields’ actions at Spring Valley High School. Federal authorities confirmed on Tuesday that both the FBI and the DoJ have opened a civil rights probe into the arrest to determine if federal law was broken.

Unarmed Army Vet Chris Mintz Shot Multiple Times After Confronting Ore. Shooter

As shots rang out during a mass shooting on Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon that left 9 victims dead and 7 injured, 30-year-old Army veteran Chris Mintz sprang to action.

He ran to the library and pulled the alarms and he was telling people to run, grabbing people, telling them, ‘You just have to go.’ He actually ran back towards the building where the shooting was and he ran back into the building,” said student Hannah Miles according to ABC News.

Once inside, Mintz reportedly charged headlong into danger unarmed and physically blocked the door of a classroom full of students as the gunman, identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, attempted to enter. Mintz’s family says that, as he blocked the door, he tried to talk the shooter out of continuing the killings.

Mintz was then shot multiple times. Conflicting reports suggest that he might have been struck by either 5 or 7 rounds. Between shots, Mintz reportedly pleaded that it was his son’s sixth birthday but the shooter continued firing mercilessly. In the above-embedded WNCT-TV 9 video, his family members give a detailed account of those tragic moments.

[RELATED: Oregon Shooting Suspect Identified; Obama Calls for Increased Gun Control]

However, Mintz, a physically imposing combat veteran and cage fighter who hails originally from Randleman, North Carolina, is currently alive and conscious at a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries, which NBC News notes include shots to the hand, abdomen and back, as well as two broken legs.

Mintz’s cousin Ariana Earnhardt told MyFox8, “His vital signs are OK. He’s going to have to learn to walk again but he walked away with his life and that’s more than so many other people did.

A GoFundMe page dedicated to helping Mintz deal with medical bills associated with his recovery has been launched by a family member.

According to The Daily Beast, prior to being injured in the shooting, Mintz had been working at the local YMCA and was pursuing a fitness training certification at Umpqua Community College.

Lying in his hospital bed on Friday morning, Mintz told ABC News, “I just hope that everyone else is OK.

Mintz has been widely described as a hero on social media in the wake of the tragedy, with many commenters, including Twitter users under the hashtags #RememberTheHero and #ForgetTheShooter, calling for the wounded veteran’s name to be given more attention than that of the reportedly fame-obsessed mass killer with whom he coincidentally shares a first name.