The 11-year police veteran, who has been identified as Officer David Rodgers of the department and member of its gang unit, was trying to arrest Christian Eppinger at the Colonial Square Apartment Homes along Old Hapeville Road around 1:15 p.m, when he was shot six times and seriously injured, police said.
Christian Eppinger, 22 was arrested as the prime suspect and was denied bond immediately after the shooting, but a new ruling on Tuesday reversed that decision, a judge granted him bond at a new hearing. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is set to host a press conference Wednesday with Police Chief Rodney Bryant to address the bond agreement.
Officer David Rodgers was struck four times in the right shoulder, once above his right knee and once on the back right side of his head, officers noted in Eppinger’s arrest warrant. Rodgers was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, is said to be recovering in stable condition after a life-saving surgery.