Madison County residents are mourning the death of an Athens-Clarke County police officer shot in the line of duty Tuesday afternoon.
Elmer “Buddy” Christian, in his mid 30s, was a resident of Madison County and lived with his family on Griffeth Road, off Moon’s Grove Road. He attended county schools and graduated from Madison County High School. Sheriff Kip Thomas was a schoolmate, according to chief deputy Shawn Burns.
Burns said all county officers were called in to duty Tuesday afternoon to monitor the situation in case the suspect, Jamie Hood, 33, of Athens, tried to head into the county.