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Man sentenced to 15 years in shooting of police officer

Man sentenced to 15 years in shooting of police officer

ATLANTA – A man accused of trying to kill an Atlanta police officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday.

Jermarcus Jordan accepted a plea deal in the 2013 shooting of Christopher Smith.

Smith was off-duty and working a second job as security at an apartment complex when he was shot as he sat in his car on Nov. 9.

Authorities said Jordan ambushed Smith so he could sell drugs.

Smith was in the courtroom as the judge handed down Jordan's sentence.

Jordan, who never apologized for the shooting, told his family, "I love you."

Smith said he still has six pellets in his head from the bird and buckshot used to attack him.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

WATCH | What to expect during the APS trial

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police Department's Summer Crime Initiative appears to be paying off.

Monday morning, the department announced it has seen reductions in three crime categories. Residential burglaries are down 17 percent, pedestrian robberies are down 10 percent and entering auto cases are down nine percent this summer.

New strategies used to prevent and reduce crime in DeKalb County include 24-hour specialized operations, bike patrols and curfew enforcement.

"The reduction in crime statistics proves that the investments we are making in police and fire personnel pay dividends," DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May said in a release.

May said the police department plans to add 160 more sworn officers and 100 patrol cars by the end of 2014.

Brutal carjacking leaves neighborhood shaken

Brutal carjacking leaves neighborhood shaken

ATLANTA -- There have been two robberies at the Edgewood Shopping Plaza so far this year -- that's almost as many as the area saw all year in 2013.

The number of carjackings is even more disturbing, last year there were none. This year, there have been three in the area alone.

Just a few miles from her house, one woman thought she was safe at the popular shopping plaza in the middle of the day.

The victim does not want us to show her face, because the men who carjacked her have all of her personal information, but says she wanted other people to shop in the Edgewood area to be on guard.

"If you look up, I'm going to shoot you," she said.

From the second she saw her attackers, she didn't resist.

"So I said, take everything, and I just looked face down," she said.

The carjackers took her purse, her phone, her car, even the glasses off her face.

Man arrested for shooting Atlanta cop

Man arrested for shooting Atlanta cop

ATLANTA -- Police have made an arrest in the November shooting of an off-duty Atlanta police officer.

Jemarcus Deshun Jordan was taken into custody Tuesday.

The 23-year-old suspect is accused of shooting Officer Christopher Smith in the face and leg on Nov. 9.

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Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Smith was off-duty and working a second job on Hardee Street when the suspect ambushed him and shot him with a shotgun. Smith survived and was released from Grady Memorial Hospital the next day.

Jordan is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

ATLANTA -- Three members of the MS-13 gang have been sentenced to life in prison for committing murders in two counties.

Ernesto Escobar, 30, of Norcross was sentenced Thursday in federal court. He goes by the street names "Flaco" and "Pink Panther."

Two co-defendants -- 25-year-old Miguel "Joker" Alvarado-Linares of Norcross and 30-year-old Dimas "Toro" Alfaro-Granados of Duluth -- were sentenced in October.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the three men were charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery for several incidents in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Evidence presented in court showed Alvarado-Linares and Alfaro-Granados killed a fellow MS-13 member in October 2006 because they believed the victim was cooperating with police.