Chattanooga officer fired for having sex with other officer while on duty

Chattanooga Police Department / Officer Brian Angel

A Chattanooga police officer has been fired after an internal investigation found he had sex with another officer multiple times while both were on duty, according to department documents.

Officer Brian Angel, a master police officer who started working at the department in 2004, was fired Oct. 20, a termination letter from Chief Celeste Murphy shows. He was making $67,400 a year as of May, according to city records.

The investigation found Angel and another officer had sex five times while on duty, between October 2022 and June 2023.

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A city employee reported seeing two patrol cars in the Chattanooga Zoo parking lot June 7, according to internal affairs documents.

"As he approached, he claimed the officers were having sex and that the male officer quickly exited one of the patrol vehicles pulling up his zipper," the investigation report said.

The female officer resigned from the department June 19, according to the report. She was not interviewed as part of the internal investigation because she had resigned, the report said. She had been making $51,600 a year as of May, according to records.

A spokesperson for the department could not be reached by press time.

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Angel and the female officer were both assigned to the same shift and sector, the report said, and became "friends of convenience." Angel reportedly told investigators the relationship became sexual in May 2022.

During the investigation, Angel reportedly admitted to having sex "between the parked patrol cars but not inside" before the city employee saw them. He told investigators none of their co-workers knew about their sexual relationship.

"This incident was discovered based on actions that occurred in public view," Murphy wrote in a letter terminating Angel. "This is a difficult decision for any supervisor to make based on your previous history of approximately 20 years with this department without any extensive disciplinary history."

The investigation found Angel violated the department's policy on unbecoming conduct, according to the letter.

Contact Ellen Gerst at or 423-757-6319.