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Cop Killer's Surrender Caught on Camera After Standoff

Cop Killer's Surrender Caught on Camera After Standoff

AP - A multi-jurisdictional group of law enforcement personnel meets by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Mobile Command Center, left, as word comes in that accused police killer Jamie Hood is holding hostages

Associated Press

March 26, 2011

ATHENS, Ga. — Holding five hostages in an apartment surrounded by police, the suspect in the slaying of a Georgia police officer made an unusual request to negotiators – he wanted to surrender on live TV.

Jamie Hood, 33, walked out of the apartment late Friday night shirtless and surrounded by five of the nine adults and children he had held captive for hours as he negotiated with federal, state and local authorities. It was a prime-time ending to a four-day manhunt around this quiet college town for Hood, who authorities say killed one police officer and wounded another Tuesday. The tattooed, head-shaven Hood was immediately swarmed by tactical officers in green fatigues and wielding high-powered guns, patting him down and ordering him to the ground. He did not resist.

“He was convinced he was going to be killed by law enforcement,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan, who an hour earlier had gone before TV cameras to promise Hood that he would not be harmed if he turned himself in and freed the hostages.


Senior Police Officer Elmer (Buddy) Christian

Keenan said Hood, whose brother had been killed by police a decade earlier while Hood was in prison, insisted that his surrender be broadcast live by a news camera crew to ensure he was not harmed.

Investigators said they believe Hood was using cocaine on Friday and that he was armed with a firearm during the standoff.

Police had been searching for Hood since Tuesday, when Athens-Clarke County police officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian was shot and killed while police say he attempted to apprehend Hood. Another officer, Tony Howard, was shot in the face and upper body, and is recovering from his wounds.

The four-day manhunt for Hood led authorities to several locations around Athens-Clarke County, about 75 miles northeast of Atlanta, as they received a flurry of tips about where he might be hiding. Officers descended on an area in east Athens, surrounding an apartment complex and barricading nearby roads.

As the search intensified, Hood reached out to police around 3:40 p.m. on Friday and asked to talk to authorities about surrendering, Keenan said. He told police he was afraid for his life and that he would harm the hostages if his demands were not met, Keenan said.

After hours of negotiations, Hood agreed around 9 p.m. to free four hostages, which authorities saw as a promising sign. Initial reports were that he had eight hostages.

Television cameras trained at the apartment’s door showed him emerging along with the remaining hostages, single file and hands in the air, around 11:15 p.m. He was later led to a police car, where TV cameras showed him calmly talking.

Hood’s family members and residents from area neighborhoods gathered to watch the hostage situation unfold at a media encampment at a church parking lot near the apartment complex. Several of Hood’s relatives waited for updates and prayed it would end without bloodshed.

The suspect’s relatives cried and hugged when they saw on TV that he had emerged peacefully.

“I’m just very sorry this all had to happen,” said Hood’s sister, Jennifer Hood.

The people who emerged with Hood were led away by officers and were questioned, Keenan said. Authorities say the nine hostages included a toddler, an infant and a 13-year-old girl. None of the hostages appeared to be injured, Keenan said, and investigators were trying to determine how Hood knew them.

Quinton Riden, one of the hostages, said Hood didn’t threaten them or treat them badly during the ordeal. He said he and Hood are acquaintances.

“Jamie didn’t do no harm to none of us,” Riden said outside the Athens-Clarke County police station after being questioned by police early Saturday. “He treated us like family.”

Police gave this account of Tuesday’s fatal shooting:

Officers stopped Hood while he was in an SUV in West Athens around 1 p.m. Tuesday, seeking to question him in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping. The vehicle’s driver was arrested, but police say Hood got out of the vehicle and shot and wounded Howard, striking him in the face and the upper body. He then fatally shot Christian as he sat in the patrol car, authorities said.

Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin called the shooting a police ambush, and described Hood as a “career criminal” with associates in the city’s murky criminal world.

Hood was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 1997 on armed robbery charges and was released in 2009. In 2001, while Hood was serving time, his 22-year-old brother Timothy Hood was shot and killed by an Athens police officer. Investigators said at the time that Timothy Hood pulled a gun on an officer, and was shot and killed when the weapon jammed.

Jennifer Hood said her brother Jamie coached a children’s football team and played sports in high school, and that he never missed a family event. She said he came to her house Tuesday morning, hours before the shooting, but she was in the shower and he left before she could see him.

“I wish there had been something I could have said or done,” she said.

Police are expecting thousands of people to attend Sunday’s funeral for Christian, who was an 8-year veteran of the Athens police department. Christian, 34, was married with two young children.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    wow what a shame these are the criminals i especially hate. >.<

  • Thin_blue_line_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Death row awaits another career criminal, How many thousands of dollars must we spend for legal defense and housing before he is sentenced to DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a waste of taxpayers money.

  • Wolf_001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Treated them like family? Wow Glad my family does not hold me hostage and threaten to kill me if they don't get their way. This is BS they were helping him and I hope that it gets proven and they are held accountable.
    As for this waste of skin I say fry him fast!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    The suspect must have been allergic to grass. The FEDs were just rendering medical aid... excuse me, I'll continue my comments after I'm finished throwing up my lunch.
    Training comments: To the FBI; Please teach your agents the following: 1. How to properly stack 2. How to make a proper entry, and 3. How to utilize just a little muzzle control!
    Yes, allow suspects to give up and be placed into custody w/o exacting street justice. Good job.
    The rest of this video looked like crap.

  • Ralphie_max50


    over 4 years ago


    To my fellow LEO RIP. but can anyone explain to me why the Hell were those FBI AGENTS cleaning the dirt off of his body are u joking me. He is a cop KILLER. HE WANTED CAMERAS THERE BECAUSE HE IS A TRUE POS AND KNEW WHT WAS COMING. AT least they gothim.Now fry hiim...

  • John_groh_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad they got him.

  • 041105-o-9999g-012_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad that Hood has been arrested.

  • Clouds_max50


    over 4 years ago


    No mudbans those officers made LE look like professionals who were there to bring Hood in to answer for his crime. Not a bunch of thugs there to exact street revenge on him. A real LEO knows that anytime there is bloodshed it is a terrible thing. Even when the bad guy loses, even if the bad guy deserves to die.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It is now time to try him and then fry him, no pleas, no deals, fast track him to the death chamber.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Paul Green What is it that we show America what happens when you intentionally kill a police officer and attempt to kill another? I believe we showed America nothing except for the fact that the POS scumbags in this world set the tone. Its pathetic that this country is so concerned about the treatment of parasitic animals (in the form of a human) that he was allowed to surrender like that. Hostages my ass!!! they were his support group. Why in the Fu$% did those arresting officers go so far as to dust the grass of this thug. They made Law enforcement look like a bunch of puss@#@

  • 0524001248_0001_0001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I think its about time we show America what happens when when you kill a Law Enforcement Officer. I wish I could have made it to Officer Christian's funeral, but had to work. My heart goes out to the Christain family. I pray God will help them make sense of this tragedy.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    RIP "Buddy", Godspeed to the Christian family.
    This person can no longer harm any other decent citizen
    except for the corrections officer and hopefully, that won't happen.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIPB Prayers to "Buddy" Christian and his family. He leaves behind Melissa, his wife of 15 years, and two children, 2-year-old Wyatt and 5-year-old Callie. Our hearts are broken. Our faith is strong.

  • Snapshot_20111212_9_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad they got him! I less heartless idiot out there.

    Bump JohnSmith

  • 4157_1053049375247_1496160036_30123705_618543_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Heading to Athens for the funeral shortly... So very glad this person is off the streets for good! RIP.

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