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Senior Police Officer Elmer Basco Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Georgia

Senior Police Officer

Elmer Basco "Buddy" Christian, III

Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # 2370

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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Hi Babe, There are so many things going on right now on our road to seek justice for you. Today has been four years and four months since that tragic day. The trial for your murderer started 4 weeks ago. This road has been long and hard, but we are almost there. Praise the Lord a guilty verdict was read on Saturday July 18th. Today I gave my victim impact statement in the sentencing phase. I hope that God pulled back the clouds and let you watch as your family and friends poured out their heart with nothing but love and honor for you. It felt so good to finally tell my story and get to say my peace. I pray for the jury as they have endured these past four weeks. I pray that this road to justice will soon be behind us and you and we can rest in peace. I love you always, and between now and then LOVE ME!

Wife of Buddy Christian
July 22, 2015


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