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Carjacking Suspect Kills Georgia Officer, Wounds Second

March 22, 2011  | 

Senior Patrol Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian. Photo: Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) PD.

Two Athens (Ga.) Police officers were hit by gunfire while investigating a kidnapping and carjacking on Tuesday, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department announced.

Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian, a married father of two, was fatally shot and Senior Police Officer Tony Howard was wounded in an exchange of gunfire at 12:53 p.m. during a vehicle stop. Police took the driver of the vehicle into custody and are actively searching for 33-year-old passenger Jamie Hood, who has been identified as the shooter.

Authorities swarmed a neighborhood off Atlanta Highway following the shooting, sealing off the area of Sycamore Drive near the Middle Oconee River.

Police are also searching for a Chevrolet Prizm that Hood may have carjacked. At the time of the shooting, the suspects were driving a red Chevrolet Suburban.

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Bill @ 3/23/2011 1:33 AM

It seems like we are almost back in the 1970's when I started my law enforcement career; ex-NYPD Asst. Commissioner Robert Daley wrote a book about that era entitled "Target Blue." So far in 2011 we have lost 50 LEO's to criminal assaults, that's an average of about 4 a week! The bad guys seem to be getting bolder - why is this? Are we too concerned with political correctness and too slow to act when the time comes? Is sure and swift punishment such a joke that criminals no longer fear our justice system? Whatever is going on if it keeps it up we could have a record setting year and this is not a record to be proud of! Watch your 6 out there and when the time comes to take action do it and don't hold back; the goal is you go home, they go to jail, the hospital or the morgue! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Christian.

Michael @ 3/23/2011 2:51 AM

Once again we are at a sad time in our profession. These scumbages are at war with us, I feel like the courts have been given out these lite sentences that are making it "open season on cops". These assholes don't care or have any fear of going away to receive their punishment. So, when the public realizes that something is wrong with our courts, hopefully they will speak up for tougher laws, tougher judges and more
support for law enforcement.This has to get changed, it's out of control, times like this make me think of an old saying, "I would rather be tried by twelfth then carried by six" ......My prayers go to the Officers Family and for my fellow LE Brother...Amen.

Morning Eagle @ 3/23/2011 10:47 AM

Much of the responsibility for this growing nationwide epidemic of deadly personal violence against law enforcement officers must be placed squarely on the little pointed heads of lenient bleeding heart judges, parole boards, and weak prosecutors that are too willing to make deals with clever little weasels, aka defense attorneys, that result in light sentences for even the most violent criminal slugs. Most of these killers have violent criminal records yet they are out on parole or were released early because they were "model prisoners" while they were locked up. They have no respect for the lives of others or fear of our broken criminal "justice" system. Even when they kill one or more officers whether in the heat of a sudden confrontation or cold-blooded ambush, they know if they are caught and convicted there is small chance of receiving a death sentence and they will be out again in a few years at most. Even in the too rare instances where they are sentenced to death they still get to live off the taxpayers for fifteen or twenty years as their appeals crawl up through the system. Meanwhile the bleeding hearts and Hollywood types wring their collective hands about being cruel and inhumane with little or no consideration for the cruel inhumanity that the killer visited on the victims including surviving families and others that loved the murdered officer.

Conviction for killing an officer should bring an automatic sentence of death with a single expedited appeal for case review. If that appeal is rejected they should be executed forthwith. Even better in my opinion as one who served through the turbulent sixties and seventies, every reasonable effort should be made to NOT bring them in alive!

I fear that too much of the public is so busy doing their own thing that they are not even aware of the on-going assault on those who have sworn to protect them. Very few in the general media care enough give the incidents more than a brief flash of l

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