Former Atlanta officer helps the family of a man who ran over him

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Channel 2's Carol Sbarge reports an official with CrimeStoppers has an unusual connection to the victim in this homicide.

Not too many people would be kind to a person who ran them over.

But Patrick Apoian, a former Atlanta police officer, harbors no hard feelings against the family of a man who ran over him in 2011.

Instead he wants to help them find out who killed their son, Michael Edwards, in a double murder at an apartment complex along Memorial Drive in southeast Atlanta in October 2014, according to Channel 2 Action News. The other person killed was Derrick McGinty.

“I want every case solved,” Apoian told Channel 2. “Doesn’t matter, there’s no personal feelings there. There’s victims here and we need to get them justice.”

Apoian now works with Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta, so the want for justice may come naturally.

Michael Edwards' brother Khalif Edwards ran over Apoian in July 2011, Channel 2 reported. The accident left Apoian with crushed legs, feet and chest. He retired from Atlanta police after the accident.

Khalif Edwards got 10 years in jail for the accident in a plea deal.

“I just don’t want any kind of thought, even the slightest doubt, we’re not doing everything from Crime Stoppers, even the city of Atlanta, to not solve this case,” Apoian told Channel 2.

Michael Edwards’ mother, Katherine Collins, wants the same thing as Apoian: justice.

“All we’re asking for is justice,” she told Channel 2. “My son didn’t deserve this.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.

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