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Officer Thomas Stanhope Atkisson | DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia


Thomas Stanhope Atkisson

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 14, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 677

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile; Motorcycle

Offender: Not available

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Officer Thomas Atkisson was killed when his patrol car struck a utility pole while in pursuit of a motorcycle.

Officer Atkisson had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife.

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Tom and I worked together on the northside of DeKalb County. He worked Dunwoody, and I worked Buford Hwy. He was always professional and kind to everyone he met. He held the respect of all the officers with whom he worked. The night he died I was devastated. He was the first officer who died in the line of duty in my career. It hurt. It still does. He was a good man who is still missed.

Major Doug Bolton (retired)
January 20, 2017


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