ATLANTA -- If you say the name Jamie Hood in Athens, people are likely to think of a singular image: Hood, shirtless, exiting a house hands over his head, before being frisked and pushedinto a squad car.
There, right behind him was Geoffrey Grimes, a senior police officer the night one of the most famous manhunts in the state came to an end.
"My involvement in that incident was sort of happenstance,"Grimes said. "I had the vehicle that was closest to the incident at the time of transport. It was the right man at the time to do the job that needed to be done."
For nearly a week Jamie Hood had eluded police all over Athens. On Tuesday, March 22, he was wanted for a carjacking. By Friday he was surrendering live on the 11 p.m. news, a makeshift insurance policy after he shot two police officers, killing Officer Buddy Christian.
Grimes and Christian had worked together just years before, in Athens Clarke County's small, tight-knit department. They worked the 2-10 p.m. shift on Athens' westside, the part of townwhere Christian would be shot and killed.
As days of roadblocks that turned up nothing wore on, stress and fatigue mounted. Officer Grimes found himself shoulder to shoulder with FBI and hundreds of other police from all other the state.
Then late Friday night, days after Hood had shot two fellow officers, police tried to coax him out of a house full of hostages. Geoffrey Grimes was outside, and before he knew it his hands were on the man who would later confess to killing Buddy Christian.
While Grimes frisked Hood andbrushed ants off of his backafter his surrenderin the grass, Hood confessed to 11Alive's Doug Richards.
Richards: Jamie, any regrets about what happened?
Hood: I regret killing that officer. That innocent officer. I regret that. He deserved it.
Richards: Why'd you do it?
Hood: They killed my brother. They were going to kill me.
"You try to do it without your personal emotions, your personal feelings involved,"Grimes said. "It's hard to separate the two. And I don't think anybody truly can."
Grimes is careful not to divulge much about the investigation while the case against Hood is built.
He has since left the ACCPD and is in graduate school at Tulane University in New Orleans, studying disaster resilience leadership, something he has already learned about firsthand.
"To see it done without much confusion the secondary and tertiary days was really something to see,"Grimes said. "To watch the community together to help us, feeding us knowing we're working longer days, knowing that we're running on fumes, and to see the community come together when traditionally there's always that separation between law enforcement and the community. I can't think of hardly any other times when I've seen the relationship come so closely together."