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Officer Injured In Gun Battle Released from Hospital

Atlanta Journal Constitution via YellowBrix

March 29, 2011

ATHENS, Ga. — Authorities say the police officer wounded in a gun battle in Athens has been released from the hospital.

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Police Officer Tony Howard (right) is shown with Oxford Police Chief Rick Stubbs in this 2001 photo.

WGCL-TV reports that Athens-Clarke County Senior Officer Tony Howard continues to improve after his release from the hospital.

Officials say 33-year-old Jamie Hood, who is charged with killing Athens-Clarke County Senior Office Elmer “Buddy” Christian and wounding Howard, waived an initial court hearing Monday. His attorney did not return phone calls.

Police staged a manhunt in the Athens area for days before Hood turned himself in on Friday.

Athens Police Capt. Clarence Holeman said Hood is also a “possible suspect” in the killing of Kenneth Omari Wray, a county public works employee who was gunned down outside his home on Dec. 28.


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