Police Officer Mark Anthony Cross

Police Officer Mark Anthony Cross

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, April 23, 2005

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Mark Anthony Cross

Police Officer Mark Cross was shot and killed after he and his partner approached a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Catherine Street.

Officer Cross and two officers were on patrol in the Adair Park Historic District of Atlanta, an area known for narcotics sales and violence. At approximately 8:45 pm the officers observed a suspicious vehicle in front of a drug house. Officer Cross and his partner approached the driver's side of the vehicle and the driver immediately opened fire, killing Officer Cross and wounding his partner.

The third officer returned fire, killing the suspect. A second suspect in the vehicle was wounded and taken into custody.

Officer Cross had served with the Atlanta Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 5241

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

suspicious vehicle

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Cross, you will always be remembered as a great officer and just an all-around nice guy. I enjoyed working with you on Morning Watch. I'll never forget the time I got dispatched to a Signal 29/69 call with you as my backup. The incident involved a group of guys fighting with broken bottles off of Boulevard. As I began frisking these four bad guys, you stood there as my cover officer with a great command presence, looking tall and strong. It wasn't until I got to the last guy did I recover a loaded, snub-nose .44 cal revolver from his front right pocket. As I transported the perp to jail, I asked him if he had planned on shooting us or fleeing on foot. He responded, "Naw man, the other officer looked real mean and tough." I often wonder if I had a different backup officer that night if things would have worked out differently. Thanks for keeping me safe Cross. I miss ya man.

Det. Joe Stankovich
Seattle PD - Atlanta PD (1998-2004)

May 25, 2022

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