Patrolman Christopher Lee Ruse

Patrolman Christopher Lee Ruse

Pendergrass Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Christopher Lee Ruse

Patrolman Chris Ruse was shot and killed following a vehicle pursuit on GA 129 at approximately 10:00 pm.

The pickup truck that the victim officer was pursuing overturned near Pond Fork Church Road. As Patrolman Ruse approached the vehicle, one of the two occupants opened fire, striking him. The shooter, who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later during a manhunt. The second suspect was apprehended at the scene of the crash.

Patrolman Ruse was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, in Gainesville, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect who shot Patrolman Ruse pleaded guilty to murder on April 11, 2006, and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Patrolman Ruse was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had only served with the Pendergrass Police Department for four months and had previously served with the Winder City Police Department and Arcade Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and four young children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 785
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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It’s been a while since I’ve written, Chris. I’ve had a lot going on with what you and I talked about and the letter you gave me. I’ve visited your grave a lot and cleared the weeds from your headstone regularly. I think about you a lot and I’m sure you already know that.
Until we meet again buddy. I miss you a lot!!

Jeff Whitmire
Former LEO

May 21, 2018

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