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Officer Christopher Robert Betts | East Point Police Department, Georgia East Point Police Department, Georgia

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Christopher Robert Betts

East Point Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, December 22, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 4562

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Struck and killed

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Officer Christopher Betts was struck by several vehicles and killed while he and another officer struggled with a suspect on the side of I-285 at 0100 hours.

The officers had gone to that location to investigate a suspicious person. While talking with the man, a struggle ensued and it spilled into the travel lane. Both officers and the suspect were struck by three vehicles. Officer Betts and the suspect were killed, and the second officer was critically injured and flown to a local hospital. One of the three vehicles that struck the men fled the scene.

Officer Betts had been a member of the East Point Police Department for two years, and is survived by his wife, 7-week-old son, parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

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I remember the phone call coming in about you and Jamie. You are on my mind so many times throughout the year but particularly during this time and particularly so this year. I remember having taught you in the Academy and so many times after that seeing you in your training officer's office. Each time I pass that particular stretch of highway (usually coming back from Forsyth!!) I think of you and Jamie on that night. Thank you for your service to both your country and to East Point and for your passion for that service!!

Marilee Gibson
December 22, 2016

 

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