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Chief: Officer terminated for actions during training session

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

An officer with the Salisbury Police Department has been terminated after acting inappropriately during training, according to a personnel action released by Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins.

The termination letter, which was released Wednesday, states that Sergeant Rodney Mahaley, of Rockwell, was hit by a non-lethal round fired by a subordinate during a training session.

Mahaley responded to the subordinate in "a manner that was unbecoming of a supervisor," the report states, adding in part, "The actions displayed by you are contrary to the department's expectations of a supervisor."

The letter also cited several policies Mahaley was said to be in violation of, including Conduct Toward Fellow Employees, which states, "Members are to treat other officers and employees with respect and courtesy."

Mahaley began full-time employment with Salisbury Police in 1993, following service as a reserve officer for the department. He served as a patrol officer and within the ranks of vice and narcotics. He also completed training opportunities including DEA Narcotics Investigator School and DEA Methamphetamine Operators School.

He was on the Special Response Team for the past thirteen years, and recently served as team leader. He also served as a firearms instructor for the department.

Mahaley's termination took effect on Wednesday, March 27.

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