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Concordia Parish deputy arrested, sheriff reacts

(Dakota News Now)
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 4:36 PM CDT
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CONCORDIA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - A deputy in Concordia Parish has been arrested.

Walter Mackel was arrested on Oct. 12, 2021, on suspicion of domestic abuse battery.

According to Concordia Parish Sheriff David Hedrick, a call came from Mackel’s home regarding a disturbance. The Vidalia Police Department responded, resulting in Mackel’s arrest.. Mackel was booked into the Concordia Parish Jail with a bond of $7,500. He bonded out the same day.

Officials say Walter Mackel is now suspended with pay. Sheriff Hedrick says he’ll do what he has to do regarding Mackel, but only after he has all the facts.

“I’m concerned for all parties,” the sheriff said. “Mackel has been a good employee. I’m here to protect the entire parish and I hold my deputies to a higher standard. And if this case proves to be true, then I’m going to have to make other decisions, of course. But until he has his day in court, I can’t prejudge somebody on something that happened when I wasn’t present.”

The Vidalia Police Department is currently investigating this case.

In 2019, Mackel was presented with the Good Cop Award.

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