Senior Police Officer Elmer (Buddy) Christian Athens-Clarke County Police Department Georgia EoW: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Photograph: Senior Police Officer Elmer (Buddy) ChristianPatch image: Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Georgia

Senior Police Officer Elmer (Buddy) Christian
Athens-Clarke County Police Department
Georgia

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large

Senior Police Officer Elmer Christian was shot and killed while responding to a carjacking incident where another officer had been shot and wounded. The other officer was shot after performing a traffic stop where the suspect exited the vehicle and opened fire before fleeing on foot.
Officer Christian had just responded to the area when he encountered the suspect, who shot Officer Christian while he was still in his patrol vehicle.
Senior Police Officer Christian is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, his parents, and two brothers.

Agency Contact Information
Athens-Clarke County Police Department
3035 Lexington Road
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706) 613-3330
Please contact the Athens-Clarke County Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Information on this memorial is preliminary. A final determination on line of duty status may be made at a future date.

An Athens police officer was shot to death and another wounded while trying to capture a kidnapping and carjacking suspect Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Jamie Hood, the man accused of shooting both officers, is still at large, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The incident began at 12:53 p.m. when officers were following up on a possible location for the 33-year-old suspect, Maj. Michael Shockley said. They responded to the Sycamore Drive area where the suspect lived.

Senior Police Officer Mr. Tony Howard saw a relative of the suspect driving a red Chevrolet Suburban, and stopped the vehicle, the major said.

The driver appeared to be compliant, Maj. Shockley said. But then the passenger got out of the suburban and shot the officer.

Senior Police Officer Mr. Jerry Johnson heard the shots and responded to the area where he took the driver into custody, Maj. Shockley said.

The shooter, who had left the scene, ran into another officer near Sycamore Drive and Atlanta Highway, about three miles west of the University of Georgia.

It’s unclear if Senior Police Officer Mr. Buddy “Elmer” Christian had a chance to react before the suspect shot into his vehicle.  It’s unclear how many times the man fired at Officer Christian.

The father of three died a short time later, police said.

Emergency workers transported Officer Howard to the hospital where he is undergoing surgery, Maj. Shockley said.

Police have issued murder warrants for Mr. Hood, Mr. Shockley said. Mr. Hood is a convicted felon who was released from prison in 2009 after serving more than 11 years for armed robbery, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Mr. Hood reportedly has several distinguishing tattoos, including the word "job" with a female on his chest, the words "Robert/dad" on his right arm and the words "mom Azale" with a heart on his left arm, the paper said.

He also had scars on the back of his head and chest.

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