Concordia Parish Sheriff’s deputy arrested on charge of domestic abuse battery

Published 7:29 pm Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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NATCHEZ — Concordia Parish Sheriff’s deputy Walter Mackel has been arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse and battery.

Concordia Parish Sheriff David Hedrick told Monroe’s KNOE that Vidalia Police responded to a call of a disturbance at Mackel’s home on Tuesday. As a result, Mackel was arrested, booked into the Concordia Parish Jail and released on a $7,500 bond.

Mackel is suspended with pay, Hedrick said, adding he will not make any decisions regarding Mackel or the situation until he has all of the facts.

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“I am concerned for all parties,” Hedrick 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 was not present.”

The Vidalia Police Department is investigating the incident.

Mackel was shot and wounded in July 2019 by a suspect while investigating a robbery report and received the Good Cop Award later the same year.