ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany Police SWAT Officer has been notified he'll be fired for firing his service weapon to celebrate New Year's Eve in Lee County.
Grady Rachel, Junior had a termination hearing January 6th. He had ten days to appeal the termination but hasn't as the appeals process continues.
Rachel was suspended without pay following the incident on Ellijay Court off Lover's Lane Road.
Lee County's Sheriff Reggie Rachals was patrolling New Year's Eve when he got a personal call about the shooting. Lee County investigators say Rachel admitted to firing a MP-5 assault weapon. Rachel was charged with discharging a weapon in a subdivision.