Bio & Incident Details
Tour: Not available
Badge # 2370
Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber
Offender: Sentenced to life
Senior Police Officer Buddy Christian was shot and killed while responding to an incident where another officer had been shot and wounded at an apartment complex on Sycamore Drive in Athens.
Multiple officers were investigating a carjacking and kidnapping incident when one officer stopped a vehicle owned by a relative of the carjacking suspect. The suspect exited the vehicle and shot and wounded the officer twice before fleeing on foot.
Officer Christian had just responded to the area when he encountered the suspect. The suspect shot and killed Officer Christian through the window of his patrol vehicle. The suspect fled the scene and remained at large until he was apprehended three days later.
On July 27, 2015, the 37-year-old suspect was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
Senior Police Officer Christian is survived by his wife, two children, his parents, and a brother.