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

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...

Posted: 11 hours ago

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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...

Posted: 15 days ago

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...

Posted: 19 days ago

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...

Posted: 25 days ago

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...
EXCLUSIVE: New lawsuit alleges sexual abuse by longtime Georgia priest 
 A former altar boy has filed a civil lawsuit against the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta alleging the church covered up sexual abuse by a deceased priest who served at 16 parishes, including several in Georgia.    The unidentified man said he was repeatedly molested by Father Douglas Edwards, who died in 1997. He alleges the abuse...

6:19 PM Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

A former altar boy has filed a civil lawsuit against the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta alleging the church covered up sexual abuse by a deceased priest who served at 16 parishes, including several in Georgia.    The unidentified man said he was repeatedly molested by Father Douglas Edwards, who died in 1997. He alleges the abuse...
Four-legged hero attends DeKalb officer’s funeral
 A bullet to the face cost the K9 cop his right eye, but his gait remained resolute as he fulfilled a solemn obligation.  In a crowd that included Georgia’s next governor, a U.S. congressman and hundreds of law enforcement officers, the four-legged hero stood out, led by his handler to the casket of slain officer Edgar Flores to...

11:18 PM Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

A bullet to the face cost the K9 cop his right eye, but his gait remained resolute as he fulfilled a solemn obligation.  In a crowd that included Georgia’s next governor, a U.S. congressman and hundreds of law enforcement officers, the four-legged hero stood out, led by his handler to the casket of slain officer Edgar Flores to...
‘He made DeKalb a better place’ — slain cop eulogized
 Brotherhood — ties forged through blood and shared sacrifice — mattered to DeKalb County Police Officer Edgar Isidro Flores.  The depth of the rookie cop’s relationships were evident Tuesday in the tears of a fellow officer and the strength of a teenage sibling eulogizing Flores, one day after what would’ve been...

6:26 PM Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Brotherhood — ties forged through blood and shared sacrifice — mattered to DeKalb County Police Officer Edgar Isidro Flores.  The depth of the rookie cop’s relationships were evident Tuesday in the tears of a fellow officer and the strength of a teenage sibling eulogizing Flores, one day after what would’ve been...
Slain DeKalb police officer ‘a person of great promise’
 He was young, just 24 years old, recently engaged to be married. None of the last four officers killed by gunfire in Georgia were older than 30. In each case, the incidents leading to their deaths had seemingly routine beginnings. Around 5 p.m. Thursday, DeKalb County Police Officer Edgar Flores pulled over 33-year-old Brandon Taylor on Candler...

8:14 PM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

He was young, just 24 years old, recently engaged to be married. None of the last four officers killed by gunfire in Georgia were older than 30. In each case, the incidents leading to their deaths had seemingly routine beginnings. Around 5 p.m. Thursday, DeKalb County Police Officer Edgar Flores pulled over 33-year-old Brandon Taylor on Candler...