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APD officer run over by car 'in good spirits'

A Decatur resident is sought in the hit and run

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  • APD PUBLIC AFFAIRS
  • Decatur resident Khalif Edwards is wanted for running over Inv. Patrick Apoian then fleeing the scene

Yesterday evening at around 6 p.m., APD investigator Patrick Apoian of Zone 6 was run over by a gold Honda Accord police say was driven by 29-year-old Khalif Edwards of Decatur.

Edwards is on the lam, and Apoian — a nine-year veteran of the force — is in the hospital with serious injuries. John Wolfinger, a public safety watchdog of the VaHi Safety Team, updated a community listserv with a text he received from Apoian, who said he suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and tailbone, a broken leg, and a bruised rib where his "torso went under the tire." Zone 6 commander Maj. John Dalton told Wolfinger that Apoian is "in good spirits ... and should make a full recovery."

Police are apparently still piecing together what led to the incident, but said that Apoian and Edwards had "an altercation." He's wanted for aggravated assault, aggravated battery, simple battery, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and cruelty to children in the 3rd degree (there were two children in the car at the time). Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can facilitate Edwards' arrest.

And despite the fact that Apoian was RUN OVER BY A CAR YESTERDAY, the media's apparently been requesting interviews. Campos wrote, "Some of you have asked to speak to Inv. Apoian. He wants to focus on his recovery for now, and is respectfully declining those requests."