Christian Boone

Public safety reporter/Enterprise

A native Atlantan, Boone joined the AJC staff in 2005. He quickly found his niche covering crime, taking over the public safety beat in 2014. Boone has chronicled some of the most infamous trials in recent history, from Hemy Neuman to Ross Harris to, most recently, Claud “Tex” McIver. 

Latest from Christian Boone

Ex-Henry cop accused of choking NFL player rejects plea deal
 A former Henry County police officer’s surprising, last-minute decision to reject a plea deal that would have kept him out of prison for allegedly assaulting a former NFL player could shed new light on a related controversy involving Henry’s top cop and his deputy chief.  The stunning turn of events was set into motion Tuesday...

Posted: a day ago

A former Henry County police officer’s surprising, last-minute decision to reject a plea deal that would have kept him out of prison for allegedly assaulting a former NFL player could shed new light on a related controversy involving Henry’s top cop and his deputy chief.  The stunning turn of events was set into motion Tuesday...
Olsen trial rescheduled for September 23
 The murder trial of former DeKalb County police officer Robert “Chip” Olsen, which was supposed to have begun last week, has been rescheduled for September 23. Saturday marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Afghanistan War veteran Anthony Hill, shot twice by Olsen after the officer said Hill ran towards him, ignoring...

Posted: 13 days ago

The murder trial of former DeKalb County police officer Robert “Chip” Olsen, which was supposed to have begun last week, has been rescheduled for September 23. Saturday marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Afghanistan War veteran Anthony Hill, shot twice by Olsen after the officer said Hill ran towards him, ignoring...
APD officer in task force shooting accused of excessive force before
 Atlanta police officer Sung Kim, under investigation for fatally shooting an unarmed man while assigned to a federal fugitive task force, had received previous complaints for alleged careless or overzealous behavior while serving arrest warrants. The previous complaints against Kim were not sustained, meaning evidence was insufficient to...

Posted: 22 days ago

Atlanta police officer Sung Kim, under investigation for fatally shooting an unarmed man while assigned to a federal fugitive task force, had received previous complaints for alleged careless or overzealous behavior while serving arrest warrants. The previous complaints against Kim were not sustained, meaning evidence was insufficient to...
New date for Robert Olsen trial to be set next week
 The oft-delayed murder trial of former DeKalb County police officer Robert “Chip” Olsen will be on hold a little while longer. DeKalb Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson, just appointed last week after three judges recused themselves, consulted Friday with the defense and prosecutors to compare their future availability...

Posted: 26 days ago

The oft-delayed murder trial of former DeKalb County police officer Robert “Chip” Olsen will be on hold a little while longer. DeKalb Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson, just appointed last week after three judges recused themselves, consulted Friday with the defense and prosecutors to compare their future availability...
DA: Investigation into task force shooting presents great ‘difficulty’
 Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has announced he will investigate last month’s fatal shooting of Jimmy Atchison by an Atlanta police officer assigned to a federal fugitive task force. Atchison, a father of two, was shot by investigator Sung Kim as he hid in a closet, unarmed, according to witnesses. Atchison, wanted for...

8:27 PM Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has announced he will investigate last month’s fatal shooting of Jimmy Atchison by an Atlanta police officer assigned to a federal fugitive task force. Atchison, a father of two, was shot by investigator Sung Kim as he hid in a closet, unarmed, according to witnesses. Atchison, wanted for...
Murder trial of DeKalb cop delayed; new judge named
 The long-awaited murder trial of former DeKalb County police officer Robert “Chip” Olsen is being delayed. After two unsuccessful attempts, court administrators on Wednesday finally found a judge willing to preside over the high-profile case involving an Afghanistan war veteran who was unarmed and naked when he was shot and killed...

9:51 PM Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

The long-awaited murder trial of former DeKalb County police officer Robert “Chip” Olsen is being delayed. After two unsuccessful attempts, court administrators on Wednesday finally found a judge willing to preside over the high-profile case involving an Afghanistan war veteran who was unarmed and naked when he was shot and killed...
Super Bowl 53: Sunday’s 5 faces in an Atlanta crowd of thousands
 On Friday the Budweiser Clydesdales, in town for the Super Bowl, made a visit to the Shops at Buckhead, and very few people paid attention to the fellow holding the reins. That didn’t bother Dave Thomas. Dressed in a green, double-breasted suit and cap, Thomas sat atop the iconic wooden wagon in the surprisingly warm afternoon sun and...

6:02 PM Monday, Feb. 04, 2019

On Friday the Budweiser Clydesdales, in town for the Super Bowl, made a visit to the Shops at Buckhead, and very few people paid attention to the fellow holding the reins. That didn’t bother Dave Thomas. Dressed in a green, double-breasted suit and cap, Thomas sat atop the iconic wooden wagon in the surprisingly warm afternoon sun and...
NAACP demands answers after recent APD shooting
 On the day of Jimmy Atchison’s funeral, questions persist about his death last week at the hands of a veteran Atlanta police officer. Atchison, according to family members, was unarmed and hiding in a closet when investigator Sung Kim, working with an FBI task force, shot him once in the face. A warrant had been issued for the 21-year-old&rsquo...

12:40 AM Friday, Feb. 01, 2019

On the day of Jimmy Atchison’s funeral, questions persist about his death last week at the hands of a veteran Atlanta police officer. Atchison, according to family members, was unarmed and hiding in a closet when investigator Sung Kim, working with an FBI task force, shot him once in the face. A warrant had been issued for the 21-year-old&rsquo...
APD vows Super Bowl will not compromise standard law enforcement
 Dirty bombs. Heavily armed snipers. A terrorist behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler. Atlanta police, in accordance with state and federal law enforcement agencies, say they are prepared for just about anything as an estimated 1 million revelers begin pouring into the city for Super Bowl 53. “I do believe we are as prepared as we can possibly...

11:40 PM Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

Dirty bombs. Heavily armed snipers. A terrorist behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler. Atlanta police, in accordance with state and federal law enforcement agencies, say they are prepared for just about anything as an estimated 1 million revelers begin pouring into the city for Super Bowl 53. “I do believe we are as prepared as we can possibly...
A suspect’s death reignites debate over cops firing at fleeing cars
 The fatal shooting Tuesday night of an unarmed, would-be car thief in Atlanta has reignited a debate over when, or even if, officers should fire at fleeing vehicles. But the most immediate issue for investigators is getting more clarity about just what happened at a Shell station near the intersection of Whitehall and McDaniel streets. This...

12:40 AM Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

The fatal shooting Tuesday night of an unarmed, would-be car thief in Atlanta has reignited a debate over when, or even if, officers should fire at fleeing vehicles. But the most immediate issue for investigators is getting more clarity about just what happened at a Shell station near the intersection of Whitehall and McDaniel streets. This...
Ex-inmate describes nine years in Georgia solitary unit — ‘I’ve seen people go crazy’
 The sounds that echoed through the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson’s solitary unit are not easily forgotten. Daniel Barfield, who spent nine years inside the notorious special management unit, knows them well. He’s reminded of the agonizing screams from his friend Kareem, so desperate for human interaction...

3:52 PM Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

The sounds that echoed through the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson’s solitary unit are not easily forgotten. Daniel Barfield, who spent nine years inside the notorious special management unit, knows them well. He’s reminded of the agonizing screams from his friend Kareem, so desperate for human interaction...