Officer Thomas Stanhope Atkisson

Officer Thomas Stanhope Atkisson

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 14, 1976

Thomas Stanhope Atkisson

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.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 677

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile; Motorcycle
  • Offender Not available

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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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