Officer Christopher Robert Betts

Officer Christopher Robert Betts

East Point Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, December 22, 2002

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Christopher Robert Betts

Officer Christopher Betts was struck by several vehicles and killed while he and another officer struggled with a suspect on the side of I-285, near Camp Creek Parkway, at approximately 1:00 am.

The officers had gone to that location to investigate a suspicious person. While talking with the man, a struggle ensued and it spilled into the travel lane of the highway. Both officers and the suspect were struck by three vehicles. Officer Betts and the suspect were killed, and the second officer was critically injured.

One of the three vehicles that struck the men fled the scene.

Officer Betts was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the East Point Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife, 7-week-old son, parents, two brothers, and two sisters.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 4562
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Struck and killed

suspicious person

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So many years later, you’re still remembered by so many people, often with a smile or laugh. Every year, on the anniversary of your death we attend your gravesite, and every year, in January, I unwrap the snowman K-9 ornament your parents donated to all the officers working when you were killed and think of you, again. This ornament stays out all month, on my windowsill, giving cause for reflection.

It may be foolish that so many speak to you on this site, but we do, and your son, a young man now, would surely make you proud - he looks so much like you. Still remembering....

Captain ACH - please leave as anonymous
East Point Police, Retired

January 3, 2020

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