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Suspect sought in killing of Georgia police officer

Suspect sought in killing of Georgia police officer

March 23rd, 2011 in News

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in a north Georgia college town were searching Wednesday for a suspect in a shooting that left one Athens police officer dead and another wounded.

The shooting began just before 1 p.m. Tuesday when Senior Police Officer Tony Howard stopped a Chevrolet Suburban, authorities said. The passenger got out of the SUV and shot and wounded Howard.

The driver was arrested, but the passenger ran and encountered another senior officer, Elmer "Buddy" Christian. Police said the passenger shot and killed Christian in his patrol car.

The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Jamie Hood. Police said a reward of $50,000 is being offered for his arrest.

The FBI contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Wednesday to say they were adding $40,000 to $10,000 already offered for information leading to Hood's arrest.

"I believe $50,000 is a good incentive for someone to come forward and offer up Jamie Hood for arrest," GBI Director Vernon Keenan said.

Howard underwent surgery and is expected to recover, police said, but have not provided details.

Howard's friend, Jeffrey Mack, told WGCL-TV the wounded officer was alert and wanted to go back to work.

After the shooting, police fanned out along a major highway and conducted a house-by-house search for Hood.

The search Wednesday morning apparently shifted east, prompting Oglethorpe County school officials to place schools on lock-down.