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Video: In-Custody Suspect Fires at Atlanta Officers from Back of Patrol Car

May 01, 2015  | 

VIDEO: In-Custody Suspect Fires at Atlanta Officers from Back of Patrol Car

A woman is dead after Atlanta police said she opened fire in the back of a police cruiser early Thursday evening.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. in front of the Atlanta police precinct near Underground Atlanta on Pryor Street.

Police told WSB TV officers took the woman into custody after finding her in a vehicle that was reported stolen. A police source said when officers detained the woman, they found drugs and learned she had a warrant.

“Shortly after that, that individual opened fire with a handgun or with a weapon firing at least twice at the officers. The officers retreated and opened fire,” said Maj. Darin Schierbaum with the Atlanta Police Department.

The Fulton Medical Examiner’s office Friday identified the woman as Alexia Christian, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to county jail records, Christian was most recently arrested by East Point police in March for selling marijuana, and by Atlanta police in January for shoplifting. Three of her prior arrests involved charges of auto theft. In two of those arrests, she was also charged with obstructing officers, jail records show.

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Sgt. Mike @ 5/2/2015 2:33 PM

I have no facts to support this, and yes I’m making a huge assumption, but I’d bet the officers were male, and did conduct a search that was more sensitive to the gender difference that it was to public/officer safety.
All I can say, if that was the case is, “but for the grace of God, there go I.”

kevCopAz @ 5/3/2015 8:43 PM

Appears there may have been a bit of a bad search of the prisoner don't you think? They are WAY lucky she didn't wait till they were sitting in the front seat and she took them both out!. Sounds like very sloppy police work, that ended up much better then expected. The cops didn't loose their lives, just=t needed a new pair of undies after that one Im sure.

edward smart @ 5/4/2015 9:47 AM

Was the suspect frisked? Were the cuffs double locked?

Jon Retired LEO @ 5/4/2015 3:40 PM

Being a Jail Deputy for a number of years, I can attest to the fact that women can be creative when they want to hide some object. Often times it requires a cavity search to discover the contraband and that can only be done by medical personnel which is unfortunate but necessary unless you want to be sued for all you have and then some.

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