Award increased to $5K in Atlanta officer’s shooting

A police officer shot multiple times while working a security job continues to recover from his injuries, Atlanta police said Tuesday. Now, police are asking for the public’s help to find the person responsible.

Crime Stoppers Atlanta has increased its reward to $5,000 for information regarding the shooter accused of ambushing Officer Christopher Smith, according to Capt. Paul Guerrucci with Atlanta police. Police hope the reward will lead them to the shooter.

Smith was working an off-duty security job at the Edgewood Court Apartments on Hardee Street late Saturday when he was shot, according to police.

“We do believe that the weapon used was a shotgun,” Guerrucci said.

Smith was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released Sunday. The shooting remains under investigation, police said Tuesday.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Atlanta police or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.