Georgia Police Use Facebook To Talk To Cop Killer

The Athens-Clark Police Department in Georgia is using its Facebook page to try to convince the suspect of a cop murder to turn himself in.

The Athens-Clark Police County Department has been communicating with a murder suspect via Facebook.

Police have been looking for Jaime Hood, suspected of killing Senior Patrol Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian, since last Tuesday. A Facebook wall post that went up late last night, the department said that the suspect can turn himself in and will not be killeds:

What the police is perhaps failing to realize is that Hood may be talking about the death penalty: according to Online Athens, Hood had left prison two years ago after serving 12 years for armed robbery. If he is now found guilty of killing a police officer, he could face the death penalty.

The police have also been using their Community page to let the public know how the search is going and ask for tips as to where Hood may be located. Many local residents have been leaving messages on the police’s Facebook wall, either expressing outrage at the killing or expressing their condolences to the late policeman’s family:

Last Tuesday, Senior Patrol Officer Christian was investigating a carjacking when he was shot and killed. Yesterday, an FBI SWAT team believed they had received a “credible tip” that the suspect was in a Eastside residence, and stormed into the house tossing stun grenades. Hood was nowhere to be found.

Readers, what do you think of the Athens police efforts to communicate with the suspect on Facebook?