Police on Wednesday increased the reward to $50,000 for the capture of a man accused of killing an Athens police officer and wounding another.
GBI Director Mr. Vernon Keenan said more than 150 officers from 20 law enforcement agencies were involved in the manhunt for suspect Mr. Jamie Hood, according to local media reports.
Athens Clarke-County police have issued a murder warrant for Mr. Hood in connection with the fatal shooting of Senior Police Officer Mr. Buddy “Elmer” Christian.
Mr. Christian, 34, an eight-year veteran on the Athens force, died at the scene, Maj. Michael Shockley said.
Senior Police Officer Mr. Tony Howard was also shot, but is expected to recover from his injuries. The 43-year-old father of four came out of surgery late Tuesday night, and was expected to undergo more surgery, Maj. Shockley said.
“It’s a very stressful and tragic situation certainly, and everyone’s emotions are running high,” Maj. Shockley said. “Once we take care of the matters at hand, that’s when things might sink in and we will have time to grieve.”
But until then, federal, state and local investigators are working overtime to find the man accused of killing and shooting two of their own.
The incident began Tuesday afternoon when the victim of a carjacking and kidnapping called police from Lexington Road near Winterville Road. The man had been abducted by men he knew and identified Mr. Hood as one of his attackers, Maj. Shockley said.
At 12:53 p.m., officers went to the Sycamore Drive area searching for Mr. Hood, who reportedly lived in the area, Maj. Shockley said.
Officer Howard saw the suspect’s brother driving a red Chevrolet Suburban, and stopped the vehicle, Maj. Shockley said.
The brother appeared to be compliant, Mr. Shockley said. But then the passenger got out of the suburban and shot Officer Howard, a seven-year Athens police veteran, in the head and shoulder, Maj. Shockley said.
Senior Police Officer Mr. Jerry Johnson heard the shots and responded to the area where he took the driver into custody, the major 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.
The suspect fired into Officer Christian’s vehicle, killing the husband and father of two, Maj. Shockley said.
The shooter then carjacked and escaped in a silver Geo Prizm, which police found several hours later on Airport Road, police said.
Mr. Hood is a convicted felon who was released from prison in 2009 after serving more than 11 years for armed robbery.
Mr. Hood 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, police said.
He also had scars on the back of his head and chest.
Anyone with information on Mr. Hood’s whereabouts is asked to call the police department’s Central Communications (706)613-3345.
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