Ga. Officer Arrested for Celebrating with Gunfire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Not even police officers are immune from arrest for firing a gun to celebrate New Year's.

An Albany police officer has been arrested for shooting a gun in celebration of 2011's arrival early Saturday morning. Albany Police Chief John Proctor says 28-year-old Grady Rachel has been suspended without pay pending an internal investigation into the incident.

Rachel, who lives in Lee County, was arrested by Lee County Sheriff's deputies. Authorities say he shot his weapon in a crowded
area just after midnight.

Rachel did not immediately return a call for comment from The Associated Press.

A Lee County jail official said Rachel has been released on $1,000 bond.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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