Christopher Phillips was killed after crashing into a brick wall in South Fulton last Tuesday, police said.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

20-year-old jail officer killed in single-car wreck in South Fulton

A young South Fulton detention officer who had been on the job for only six months was killed last Tuesday after a single-car crash, authorities said.

Christopher Phillips, 20, died after his car veered off Old National Highway and struck a brick wall head-on, according to a South Fulton police incident report obtained by Channel 2 Action News.

Police told Channel 2 something happened in the car to cause him to veer off the road, but the wreck remains under investigation. No further details on the crash have been released.

The brick wall was obliterated during the incident, and a stop sign was knocked down.

Sheriff Ted Jackson sent Channel 2 a statement that said, in part: “He had barely been on the job six months. Christopher was an outstanding young man, and we are deeply saddened by his loss.”

Phillips was buried Monday morning, and his grandfather told the news station he wanted to be a law enforcement officer his whole life.

“He was my go-to person,” John Phillips, his grandfather, said. “He made sure he checked on me and his grandmother because we both — our health ain’t the best — and he done everything he could.”

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