Columbus -- An Albany attorney has been charged in Columbus with impersonating a police officer.
Investigators say in October, 40-year- old John Henry "Buck" Beauchamp showed a Columbus store owner a fake Dougherty County Police identification, when he tried to buy a restricted knife, that can only be used by Police or military.
Beauchamp's law firm issued a statement saying Buck was taking a leave of absence from the family law practice.
Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek said an internal investigation is underway into how Beauchamp got the ID. Cheek said the Dougherty County police ID was a forgery, but the badge was a real Albany Police shield.