Officer Thomas Stanhope Atkisson

Officer Thomas Stanhope Atkisson

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 14, 1976

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Thomas Stanhope Atkisson

Officer Thomas Atkisson was killed when his patrol car struck a utility pole on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, near Perimeter Mall, while in pursuit of a motorcycle.

Officer Atkisson was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the DeKalb County Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 677
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

vehicle pursuit

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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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