APD officer faces termination

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- Shortly after his arrest for discharging a firearm in a Lee County subdivision about 12:05 a.m. New Year's Day, Albany Police Department Officer Grady J.W. Rachel Jr. was placed on unpaid suspension. A termination notice followed.

On Jan. 6, Albany Police Chief John Proctor filed a notice of contemplated termination of the 28-year-old Rachel, police paperwork stated. According to city rules, Rachel has 10 business days after the notice is filed to appeal. Rachel was also charged with disorderly conduct, said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals. Two others were arrested at the time on the 100 block of Elejay Court for the same charges.

Rachel; Hope Eady, 31, and Taneisha Louise Zellous, 25, were all released on $1,000 bail each the afternoon of Jan. 1. In what was probably a celebration of New Year's Day, Rachel, a Lee county resident, fired at least three dozen shots from his police issue MP5 semi-automatic rifle, reports stated. Both men also fired Smith and Wesson 9mm pistols that night.

Rachel was involved in a Taser incident in 2008.

Reports stated that an investigation at the time found video evidence that he was pointing the Taser in a non-threatening manner as a form of play.