Athens, GA- Police in Athens,continue their search for Jamie Hood, the man wanted for the shooting that killed one Georgia officer while wounding another officer. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $ 50,000 for any tip leading to his capture and arrest.
Officer, Elmer "" Christian was gunned down while sitting in his patrol car and the second officer, Senior Police Officer Tony Howard, was wounded yesterday afternoon, sparking a massive manhunt for Hood.
Reports this morning on Fox 5 News in Atlanta showed Hood's mother pleading for him to turn himself in. Hood's mother say another son was killed by police in an unrelated incident previously. The whereabouts of Hood is still unknown. Authorities are using high-tech video billboards to spread the word about a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Hood.
These advertisements on the billboards, including some alongside metro Atlanta interstates, was an ad featuring the mugshot of suspect Jamie Hood, along with information on the reward. At a news conference on Wednesday, GBI Director Vernon Keenan said more than 150 officers from 20 law enforcement agencies were involved in the manhunt for Hood.
The shooting happened around 12:50 p.m. near Sycamore Drive and Atlanta Highway. The area is about three miles west of the University of Georgia campus. It's also where police believe Hood resides.
Authorities were looking for Hood because they believed he was involved in an earlier kidnapping and carjacking. Police encountered Hood after Howard spotted and stopped a red Chevrolet Suburban driven by Hood's brother Matthew.
Matthew Hood, 27, appeared to comply with authorities, but. Jamie Hood stepped out of the car and shot at Howard and then ran. After hearing the shots, another police officer,, arrested SUV driver Matthew Hood. He was taken to the Clarke County Jail, where he was being held Wednesday on a probation violation charge.
Anyone who encounters Jamie Hood is advised to call 911 immediately.