Christian Boone

Reporter for Enterprise

Christian Boone joined the AJC as night cops reporter in 2008. He was assigned the public safety beat in 2013 and has covered some of the most notorious crime stories of the last 10 years, including the Dunwoody day care shooting, the Valdosta gym mat death and the Justin Ross Harris saga. An Atlanta native, Boone graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in political science and later attended the University of Southern California's Graduate Screenwriting Program.

Latest from Christian Boone

After deadly Henry County police shootout, five boys left fatherless
 One was a dedicated young police officer whose wife was set to give birth to their second son any day. The other was an ex Marine — a father of three boys himself — who was out of work and deeply embittered about the government. Late Friday morning, their paths would intersect in a violent confrontation that left both men...

Posted: 8 days ago

One was a dedicated young police officer whose wife was set to give birth to their second son any day. The other was an ex Marine — a father of three boys himself — who was out of work and deeply embittered about the government. Late Friday morning, their paths would intersect in a violent confrontation that left both men...
Autopsy shows officer was shot multiple times
 At least eight gunshots were exchanged Friday inside the home of a Locust Grove man being served a search warrant, the GBI announced Saturday.  An autopsy performed on Chase Maddox, the newlywed Locust Grove officer who arrived as back-up, found the officer was shot three times, including the fatal shot to the head.  The suspect...

Posted: 8 days ago

At least eight gunshots were exchanged Friday inside the home of a Locust Grove man being served a search warrant, the GBI announced Saturday.  An autopsy performed on Chase Maddox, the newlywed Locust Grove officer who arrived as back-up, found the officer was shot three times, including the fatal shot to the head.  The suspect...
Shooter who allegedly killed one cop, injured two deputies was an ex-Marine
 Tierre Guthrie was a Marine, a vegetarian, a Seventh Day Adventist and, like the officer who died in an apparent shootout Friday, a father. Neighbors say Guthrie had young sons who were in the home at the time of the shooting. Guthrie didn't survive. Neither did Chase Maddox. The young Locust Grove officer, was pronounced dead at...

Posted: 8 days ago

Tierre Guthrie was a Marine, a vegetarian, a Seventh Day Adventist and, like the officer who died in an apparent shootout Friday, a father. Neighbors say Guthrie had young sons who were in the home at the time of the shooting. Guthrie didn't survive. Neither did Chase Maddox. The young Locust Grove officer, was pronounced dead at...
Expecting a new baby any day, a Georgia police officer is gunned down
 Chase Maddox was a natural-born police officer, said a childhood friend. The McDonough-bred newlywed, whose second child is due any day, was the only one of Locust Grove’s 23 officers hired straight out of high school, a fulfillment of his desire to protect and serve.  Early Friday afternoon, Maddox, 26, was deployed to back up...

Posted: 9 days ago

Chase Maddox was a natural-born police officer, said a childhood friend. The McDonough-bred newlywed, whose second child is due any day, was the only one of Locust Grove’s 23 officers hired straight out of high school, a fulfillment of his desire to protect and serve.  Early Friday afternoon, Maddox, 26, was deployed to back up...
Parents of man who died in Barrow sheriff’s custody seek answers
 Family and friends of a 30-year-old man who died following an altercation with Barrow County Sheriff’s deputies say he was a big man with a big heart. Questions surround the circumstances leading to the death of Charlie Williams, which occurred Jan. 27 as he was being transported to the Barrow Detention Center. The GBI, which is...

Posted: 11 days ago

Family and friends of a 30-year-old man who died following an altercation with Barrow County Sheriff’s deputies say he was a big man with a big heart. Questions surround the circumstances leading to the death of Charlie Williams, which occurred Jan. 27 as he was being transported to the Barrow Detention Center. The GBI, which is...
Questions surround 30-year-old’s death while in Barrow sheriff’s custody
 The afternoon started, his supporters say, with a noble gesture. It ended with 30-year-old Charlie Williams dead after a scuffle with Barrow County Sheriff’s deputies. The circumstances that led to Williams’ death raises many questions for his parents, who have hired a lawyer to try to get answers. No lawsuit has been filed in...

Posted: 11 days ago

The afternoon started, his supporters say, with a noble gesture. It ended with 30-year-old Charlie Williams dead after a scuffle with Barrow County Sheriff’s deputies. The circumstances that led to Williams’ death raises many questions for his parents, who have hired a lawyer to try to get answers. No lawsuit has been filed in...
Lawsuit alleges conspiracy of silence in Boy Scouts sex abuse cases
 The Boy Scouts of America have engaged in a decades-long conspiracy to shield volunteers they knew to be child predators, according to an amended complaint to a lawsuit filed late Monday on behalf of four Gainesville Scouts who allege they were sexually assaulted by a longtime scoutmaster. Esther Panitch, co-counsel for the four ex-Scouts...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Boy Scouts of America have engaged in a decades-long conspiracy to shield volunteers they knew to be child predators, according to an amended complaint to a lawsuit filed late Monday on behalf of four Gainesville Scouts who allege they were sexually assaulted by a longtime scoutmaster. Esther Panitch, co-counsel for the four ex-Scouts...
Boy Scouts conspired to protect child predators, lawsuit alleges
 Attorneys representing four Gainesville Boy Scouts who allege they were sexually assaulted decades ago by a longtime scoutmaster filed amended complaints late Monday accusing the organization of conspiring to protect predators within their ranks. Robb Lawson, Jim Lloyd and two more unnamed plaintiffs have accused Fleming Weaver of molesting...

Posted: 12 days ago

Attorneys representing four Gainesville Boy Scouts who allege they were sexually assaulted decades ago by a longtime scoutmaster filed amended complaints late Monday accusing the organization of conspiring to protect predators within their ranks. Robb Lawson, Jim Lloyd and two more unnamed plaintiffs have accused Fleming Weaver of molesting...
Family of school crossing guard urge judge to deny bond for her killer
 The family of a beloved Mableton crossing guard struck by a speeding vehicle while directing traffic last November showed up in full force Wednesday at a bond hearing for the driver. The hearing for Lamonte Whitaker, 38, was delayed when his attorney failed to show up. Channel 2 Action News reports Whitaker’s lawyer was tied...

Posted: 25 days ago

The family of a beloved Mableton crossing guard struck by a speeding vehicle while directing traffic last November showed up in full force Wednesday at a bond hearing for the driver. The hearing for Lamonte Whitaker, 38, was delayed when his attorney failed to show up. Channel 2 Action News reports Whitaker’s lawyer was tied...
Paralysis follows third winter storm
 Metro Atlantans are ready to cry uncle over the winter that won’t quit -- and is far from over. Already Atlanta has received 4.7 inches of snow, the 11th highest total since such records started being kept in 1928 and the most since the winter of 2013-14, when the city recorded five inches of snow.  Unlike the winter’s previous...

Posted: 27 days ago

Metro Atlantans are ready to cry uncle over the winter that won’t quit -- and is far from over. Already Atlanta has received 4.7 inches of snow, the 11th highest total since such records started being kept in 1928 and the most since the winter of 2013-14, when the city recorded five inches of snow.  Unlike the winter’s previous...
A winter for Atlanta’s record books — and it’s only January
 When metro Atlanta was blanketed with snow in early December, it made for a fun three-day weekend. A month later, when Savannah received more snow than it had in three decades, it was treated as a novelty. But novelty gave way to nuisance this week when the region was paralyzed by a little more than two inches of snow. Atlantans have had...

Posted: 29 days ago

When metro Atlanta was blanketed with snow in early December, it made for a fun three-day weekend. A month later, when Savannah received more snow than it had in three decades, it was treated as a novelty. But novelty gave way to nuisance this week when the region was paralyzed by a little more than two inches of snow. Atlantans have had...