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

Atlanta United fans celebrate MLS championship
 When Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst told the thousands of supporters at Monday’s championship parade downtown that the MLS Cup “is ours and this cup is yours,” he wasn’t just throwing the fans a bone. This credit was well-earned, as the improbable story behind this second-year franchise’s rise to glory...

Posted: 3 days ago

When Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst told the thousands of supporters at Monday’s championship parade downtown that the MLS Cup “is ours and this cup is yours,” he wasn’t just throwing the fans a bone. This credit was well-earned, as the improbable story behind this second-year franchise’s rise to glory...
Next 24 hours ‘critical’ for Henry officer shot in the face
 The Henry County police officer shot in the face Thursday after tussling with an irate man at a dentist’s office has shown signs of improvement but remains in critical condition, Police Chief Mark Amerman said late Friday afternoon.  “He has a very strong, supportive family both at home and at work,” Amerman said. &ldquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Henry County police officer shot in the face Thursday after tussling with an irate man at a dentist’s office has shown signs of improvement but remains in critical condition, Police Chief Mark Amerman said late Friday afternoon.  “He has a very strong, supportive family both at home and at work,” Amerman said. &ldquo...
Five Georgia cops likely to stand trial for murder in 2019
 When DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen was charged in January 2016 with killing Afghanistan War veteran Anthony Hill, he became just the fourth officer to be indicted for murder in the state in more than a decade. Four more cops in Georgia have been charged with murder since Olsen’s indictment. All are expected to stand trial...

Posted: 6 days ago

When DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen was charged in January 2016 with killing Afghanistan War veteran Anthony Hill, he became just the fourth officer to be indicted for murder in the state in more than a decade. Four more cops in Georgia have been charged with murder since Olsen’s indictment. All are expected to stand trial...
Sandy Springs police mum on resignations of two veteran officers
 A night out at The Battery last Friday proved costly for three now-former Sandy Springs police officers. Officer Anthony Sandoval, Sgt. Amanda Stein and Capt. Dave Huffschmidt, previously the commander of the Multi-Agency North Metro SWAT team, tendered their resignations this week. Sandoval’s departure came as no surprise after he...

Posted: 14 days ago

A night out at The Battery last Friday proved costly for three now-former Sandy Springs police officers. Officer Anthony Sandoval, Sgt. Amanda Stein and Capt. Dave Huffschmidt, previously the commander of the Multi-Agency North Metro SWAT team, tendered their resignations this week. Sandoval’s departure came as no surprise after he...
New alliances, social media stardom fuel growth of Atlanta gangs
 First, you get the money, celluloid gangster Tony Montana memorably advised. Then, you get the power. Today, 1 million Instagram followers will get you both. Ralo, born Terrell Davis, may not yet be a household name, but he has recorded with some of rap’s biggest acts and is signed to Gucci Mane’s label, 1017 Eskimo Records. According...

Posted: 18 days ago

First, you get the money, celluloid gangster Tony Montana memorably advised. Then, you get the power. Today, 1 million Instagram followers will get you both. Ralo, born Terrell Davis, may not yet be a household name, but he has recorded with some of rap’s biggest acts and is signed to Gucci Mane’s label, 1017 Eskimo Records. According...
‘He was going to shoot somebody’ — alleged cop killer had violent past
 More than two years before he allegedly shot and killed a Gwinnett County police officer, prosecutors argued Tafahree Maynard belonged behind bars. The Snellville teen faced three charges of battery and boasted about starting his own gang, newly released court documents revealed. Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter said his office sought...

Posted: 23 days ago

More than two years before he allegedly shot and killed a Gwinnett County police officer, prosecutors argued Tafahree Maynard belonged behind bars. The Snellville teen faced three charges of battery and boasted about starting his own gang, newly released court documents revealed. Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter said his office sought...
Man accused in Lake Oconee killing freed on bond in judicial reversal
 The bizarre case of a retired Florida firefighter accused in the grisly death of a friend inside his Lake Oconee mansion took another unusual turn Monday when a judge granted Chad Haufler bond, reversing the decision he made more than two months ago. Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge William A. Prior had little choice. Georgia...

Posted: 24 days ago

The bizarre case of a retired Florida firefighter accused in the grisly death of a friend inside his Lake Oconee mansion took another unusual turn Monday when a judge granted Chad Haufler bond, reversing the decision he made more than two months ago. Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge William A. Prior had little choice. Georgia...
Chief to hold APD officers liable for stolen guns
 In what is being touted as one of the toughest such zero-tolerance measures aimed at cops, Atlanta police say officers will be slapped with a hefty fine if their city-issued guns are stolen. Since 2010, Atlanta Police Department officers have reported 55 lost or stolen guns — nine this year. Now they’ll be subject to a fine of...

Posted: 24 days ago

In what is being touted as one of the toughest such zero-tolerance measures aimed at cops, Atlanta police say officers will be slapped with a hefty fine if their city-issued guns are stolen. Since 2010, Atlanta Police Department officers have reported 55 lost or stolen guns — nine this year. Now they’ll be subject to a fine of...
Third autopsy claims foul play in Valdosta gym mat death case
 Results from a third autopsy conducted on the body of Kendrick Johnson — the second performed at the behest of Johnson’s parents — have been released, contradicting an earlier conclusion that the 17-year-old’s death was accidental. But the new autopsy’s impact is likely to be minimal, as a lengthy federal investigation...

Posted: 27 days ago

Results from a third autopsy conducted on the body of Kendrick Johnson — the second performed at the behest of Johnson’s parents — have been released, contradicting an earlier conclusion that the 17-year-old’s death was accidental. But the new autopsy’s impact is likely to be minimal, as a lengthy federal investigation...
LOCAL IN-DEPTH: Who will pay salary of new Atlanta public safety director?


When the Atlanta City Council approved nearly $1.9 billion in public subsidies for a massive downtown development project, it was considered a big victory for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
It turns out the vote in favor of developing the Gulch helped Bottoms secure another major policy imitative: Restructuring the city’s...

Posted: 28 days ago

When the Atlanta City Council approved nearly $1.9 billion in public subsidies for a massive downtown development project, it was considered a big victory for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. It turns out the vote in favor of developing the Gulch helped Bottoms secure another major policy imitative: Restructuring the city’s...
APD officer with checkered past faces new investigation
 An Atlanta police officer who remained on the force despite multiple allegations of sexual assault has been placed on paid administrative leave following a claim that he allowed his brother to make an illegal arrest on behalf of a private security firm.  The decision by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields to launch a new investigation...

5:35 PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

An Atlanta police officer who remained on the force despite multiple allegations of sexual assault has been placed on paid administrative leave following a claim that he allowed his brother to make an illegal arrest on behalf of a private security firm.  The decision by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields to launch a new investigation...