South Ga. police officer resigns over accidental shooting death

BOSTON, Ga. (AP) — The south Georgia police officer involved in the accidental shooting death of a fellow officer has resigned.

Ray Bradford, 38, voluntarily resigned Friday in the wake of officer Al Suarez’s death.

‘‘He felt it would be best that he resign,’’ Boston Police Chief Chuck Weaver said Monday. ‘‘He thought it would be best for the department, the city of Boston, his family and all those concerned.’’

Bradford was cleaning his service weapon on May 4 at police headquarters when the .40-caliber Glock went off. The bullet struck Suarez, the assistant police chief, in the chest. Suarez was pronounced dead about an hour later at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville.

‘‘It’s tragic for all concerned,’’ Weaver said.

The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are completing a probe of the shooting. No criminal charges were expected to be filed against Bradford.

——— Information from: Thomasville Times-Enterprise, http://timesenterprise.com/