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Officer Christopher A. Upton | United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government

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Christopher A. Upton

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, March 5, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Georgia

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Convicted of manslaughter

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Officer Chris Upton was shot and killed by a hunter who mistook him for game at the Ocmulgee Bluff Equestrian Recreation Area in Jasper County, Georgia.

He was on patrol at 11:00 pm when he was struck by a shot fired by the hunter. The shooter was in a two-person hunting party hunting coyotes with a high-powered rifle equipped with night vision. After shooting Officer Upton, the hunting party waited over an hour to call 911 to report the incident and failed to render aid. It is believed that this intentional delay in seeking help contributed to Officer Upton's death.

In November 2011, the suspect who shot Officer Upton was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, hindering a federal investigation, and hunting violations.

Officer Upton had served with the United States Forest Service for four years. He had previously served with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and as a game warden for the Department of Defense at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. He is survived by his wife and 4-year-old daughter.

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I am a civilian support staff member for Police Unity Tour Chapter IV. I received the Band of Honor blue bracelet for Christopher Upton the first year of Chapter IV in May 2006. His bracelet has been on every Unity Tour since then, six to date, helping me support our 100+ riders. We just completed that sixth Unity Tour ride arriving in Washington DC yesterday. It has also ridden thousands of miles by bicycle with me, including several rides with the Injured Veterans ride program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as well as Ride 2 Recovery. It goes on for every ride I do and every Law Enforcement event I'm involved with. I did not know Officer Upton. But I see his name and End Of Watch date on his bracelet and think of him and his family often. I just wanted to let his friends, fellow officers and family know he was remembered again on this years ride.

John Carter
Police Unity Tour Chapter IV support
May 13, 2016

 

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