News >> Browse Articles >> Officer Down News


Officer Gunned Down Trying to Stop Carjacking Suspect

Officer Gunned Down Trying to Stop Carjacking Suspect

Athens-Clarke County Police Department

Atlanta Journal Constitution via YellowBrix

March 23, 2011

ATHENS, GA – Authorities continued searching Wednesday for the suspect they believe shot and killed an Athens police officer.

Jamie Hood, 33, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Athens Senior Police Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian.

Christian, a father of two, was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon while trying to stop Hood, a suspect in an earlier carjacking, Athens-Clarke County Police Chief, Joseph H. Lumpkin Sr. said.

Hood also is accused of shooting another officer, Senior Police Officer Tony Howard. Howard was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover from his gunshot wounds, Lumpkin said.

The shooting happened around 12:50 p.m. near Sycamore Drive and Atlanta Highway. The area is about three miles west of the University of Georgia. It’s also where police believe Hood resides.

Authorities were looking for Hood because they believed he was involved in an earlier kidnapping and carjacking, Lumpkin said. Police encountered Hood after Howard spotted and stopped a red Chevrolet Suburban driven by one of his relatives.

That person — whom police have not identified — appeared to comply with authorities, Lumpkin said. Hood stepped out of the car and shot at Howard and then ran, Lumpkin said.

After hearing the shots, another police officer, Senior Police Officer Jerry Johnson, arrested the driver of the SUV. It is unclear whether he has been charged with anything at this time.

Hood saw Christian while running from the traffic stop, and he fired into Christian’s police cruiser, killing the officer, Lumpkin said.

Authorities say Hood carjacked and escaped in a silver Chevrolet Prizm. They found the car several hours later on Airport Road, according to Oconee County Sheriff’s Capt. Jimmy Williams, whose agency was participating in the manhunt.

Hood is described as a 5-foot-8, 175-pound black man in blue shorts and a white T-shirt, possibly on foot around Cherokee Road and Wintersett Place.


Athens-Clarke County police identified the suspect as Jamie Hood, 33. He's 5-foot, 9 inches and 175 pounds. (Athens-Clarke County police)

Police are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to Hood’s arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 706-613-3345.

Hood’s father, Robert Hood Sr., is urging his son to turn himself in to authorities.

Hood is a convicted felon. He was released from prison in 2009 after serving more than 11 years for an armed robbery conviction in Clarke County, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. The agency said he had 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. He also had scars on the back of his head and chest.

Hood’s family, including his six brothers and their father, are no strangers to violence, according to a September 2004 article from the Athens Banner-Herald.

Timothy Hood, 22, was shot and killed by an Athens-Clarke police officer on Nov. 6, 2001, after he allegedly held a gun to the officer’s head, the Banner-Herald said.

Another brother, Robert Hood was arrested in September 2004 in connection with a retaliatory shooting two hours after his father was badly beaten the day before, the Banner-Herald said. The elder Hood was beaten during an altercation, which started after he confronted a group of men. Hood was armed with a screwdriver, the Banner-Herald said.

Though Tuesday’s shooting was three miles from UGA, the university was unaffected, according to campus Police Chief Jimmy Williamson.

“We sent out an e-mail to our students to stay out of the area” where the shooting occurred, Williamson said, adding that the shooter was moving fast and was no longer in that area. “Right now, there’s no reason for us to believe the campus is in danger in any way.”

He said campus officers were assisting with the manhunt.

Several elementary schools locked staff and students inside their schools, according to the website of the Athens Banner-Herald.

  • 101_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother.

  • Absolutelawenf_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    RIP brother

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    May God be with his children,family & friends, my thought are with them also.
    May Officers Christian RIP!! Now he is a "Police Angel."

    EOW: 01/24/2007

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Hood is in custody after a long standoff where he held as many as 8 people hostage in the same area. He was down to 4 hostages when he surrended to Athen County Police around 1130pm. Unfortunately they took him alive.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Rest in peace Officer Christian. Our prayers are for your family, friends, and department as they pass thru this time of grief. We pray that Officer Howard will have a speedy recovery.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Rest in peace Officer Christian my prayers are with you and your family.
    Get well soon Officer Howard.

    Send the perp to hell, SOON!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace Officer Christian.

  • 100_1732_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Well, There you go! Our cities and home towns are all going to hell in a hand basket. We need to make criminals afraid of doing wrong. If found and proven guilty with out a shadow of a doubt, Hanging would put a damper on any thought of crimial intent. Some people just want to watch the world burn. So why keep them around. Lets take control and make people safe, not just us by our children's future.

  • Uniphone1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Officer Christian, and get well soon Officer Howard! God Bless!

    "Stay in the Fight"

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    We'll ok, honestly the first thing that comes to my mind is that this criminal and his family are all 100% worthless. The second place my mind goes is, Could something be done to increase officer survivability? Anyone in a car is totally exposed, as my cousin told me the motorpool guys pointed out new bulletholes in his patrol car after his route through the rough part of town. He diddn't even know anyone shot at him.
    So my first thoughts are trainning and technology. In shooting from inside a slow or stopped vehicle, "soft" fortification for the doors and an ecconomic button activated pop up/down bullet resistant drives side pane. If the doors secure then even soft resistant panels on the dashboard would give an officer a nice little portable bunker, you can add a bumper cam system "cheap kits exist.' so the LEO can drive safely while ducked.

    Or you could just start castrating career criminals. Take the testosterone out of their system ;)

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Rest in peace Officer. For the rest of us: This is bull#^%. We ALL need to step it up a notch. Be safe.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P. Brother...may your soul flourish amongst the heavens and my the needle find its place in this scums arm.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    The whole family sounds like scum. Need pest control for the bloodline. R.I.P brother. Watch yalls six!

  • Photo_max50


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.

Recent Activity

sdfafaf234 submitted the article: "~>!!FIBA!!~> Watch Iran vs Serbia Live Stream Onlin...", 10 minutes ago.
Jonas submitted the article: "Man hospitalized after early morning crash in York", 37 minutes ago.
Jonas submitted the article: "State Police Make 26 DUI Arrests Over Labor Day Weekend", 39 minutes ago.
kittelo commented on: "Kittel Lows", 41 minutes ago.