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Alleged Cop Killer Reportedly Says Officer 'Didn't Deserve It'

WSB-TV(ATHENS, Ga.) -- Jamie Hood, the man accused of killing a Georgia police officer, reportedly told cops that he was sorry for the shooting as he was being taken in to custody.

"I regret killing that officer," Hood reportedly told a WXIA-TV reporter after he surrendered Friday night at a home in Athens. "That officer. That innocent officer. I regret that. He didn't deserve that."

When asked why he had done it, Hood said he thought police were going to kill him.

"You know, they killed my brother," said Hood, whose brother was killed by police in 2001 while Hood was in prison on an armed robbery conviction. "They were going to kill me."

Hood, who was on the run for four days after allegedly gunning down Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and wounding his partner in a traffic stop Tuesday, took hostages at a house in Athens and told police he would only surrender if it was covered on live TV.

"He was convinced he was going to be killed by law enforcement," Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said after the suspect surrendered.

Keenan went on TV Friday night as the standoff dragged on, promising Hood that police would not hurt him if he turned himself in and freed the hostages.

Christian and his partner, Senior Police Officer Tony Howard, pulled over the SUV Howard was riding in Tuesday to question him about a carjacking spree.

They had arrested the driver of the vehicle when Hood allegedly got out and shot Howard in the face and upper body, then came and shot Christian, who was still sitting in the police car.

Hood, 33, is being held without bond on murder and other charges.

Christian's funeral was scheduled for today. He was an 8-year veteran of the Athens police department and was married with two young children.

Howard is expected to recover from his wounds.

An initial court hearing for Hood has not yet been set, and Hood's defense attorney, Jim Smith, did not return a message seeking comment Saturday.

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Suspect in Georgia Police Killing Surrenders Following Standoff

WSB-TV(ATHENS, Ga.) -- A suspect wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a police officer in Georgia, was taken into custody Friday night, following a standoff with police.

Jamie Hood, 33, surrendered to authorities around 11 p.m. Friday on live television, walking out of an Athens apartment along with five of the hostages he had been holding captive in the standoff. Hood requested that his surrender be televised live to ensure his safety. Earlier in the night, negotiators were able to convince Hood to release four other hostages unharmed, according to ABC News Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.

Hood has been the subject of a manhunt since Tuesday, when police believe he shot two police officers, killing one of them, as they tried to apprehend him in connection with a carjacking case.

Authorities stormed the neighborhood of the Creekstone Apartments Friday, evidently cornering Hood in an apartment there.

Officials negotiated with Hood throughout the evening, with Hood’s family members also being present at the scene of the standoff.

Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian died in Tuesday's attack near an Athens apartment complex, while Senior Police Officer Tony Howard was shot in the face and upper body, according to reports. Howard is recovering.

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