Suspect in US officer`s death surrenders: Police

A man charged in the shooting death of a police officer in the state of Georgia surrendered on live TV after he emerged from an apartment with five people whom police say he had been holding captive.

Updated: Mar 26, 2011, 21:11 PM IST

Athens: A man charged in the
shooting death of a police officer in the state of Georgia
surrendered on live TV after he emerged from an apartment with
five people whom police say he had been holding captive.

Jamie Hood, 33, walked out shirtless and with five
other people, including a 13-year-old girl, all holding their
hands in the air.

Officers in green fatigues wielding high-powered guns
swarmed Hood, patted him down and ordered him to the ground.
The tattooed, head-shaven Hood was not armed and did
not resist police.

Hood turned himself in after Georgia Bureau of
Investigation Director Vernon Keenan went before TV cameras
and promised that Hood wouldn`t be hurt if he gave himself up
unarmed and freed the remaining hostages.

Hood agreed to surrender, but insisted that it be
broadcast live by a news camera crew to ensure he was not
harmed.

Investigators said they believe Hood was using cocaine
yesterday and that he was armed during the standoff, Keenan
said.

Police had been searching for Hood since Tuesday, when
Athens Clarke-County police officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian
was shot and killed while police say he attempted to apprehend
Hood.

Another officer, Tony Howard, was shot in the face and
upper body, and is recovering from his wounds.

Hood`s family members and residents from area
neighborhoods gathered to watch the hostage situation unfold
at a media encampment at a church parking lot near the
apartment complex.

Hood`s relatives cried when they saw on TV that he had
emerged peacefully.

"I`m just very sorry this all had to happen," said
Hood`s sister, Jennifer Hood.

The people who emerged with Hood were led away by
officers and were questioned, Keenan said at a news briefing.

In addition to the 13-year-old girl, the nine hostages
included a toddler and an infant, he said.

None of the hostages appeared to be injured, Keenan
said, and investigators were seeking to determine how Hood
knew them.

The four-day manhunt led authorities to a range of
locations around Athens-Clarke County as they received a
flurry of tips about where he might be hiding.

Officers descended on an area in east Athens,
surrounding an apartment complex and barricading nearby roads.
As the search intensified, Hood reached out to police
around 3:40 pm local time yesterday and asked to talk to
authorities about surrendering, Keenan said.

PTI