Teenager arrested in East Atlanta slaying 

A 15-year-old has been charged with the March murder of Christian Henderson, who was shot as he walked from East Atlanta's Iris restaurant to his car on a side street.

Officers from the DeKalb County fugitive unit made the arrest May 1 at the DeKalb Regional Medical Center.

"There could be further arrests," says Sgt. John Quigley of the Atlanta Police Department. Police haven't released the name of the teenager and would not comment on why he was arrested at the medical center.

Henderson, 32, had been walking with his fiancee when two men asked for his wallet and shot him in the abdomen. Four people claim to have called 911 for Henderson, but just one call -- the only one from a landline -- is proven to have gotten through. It took an excruciating five minutes for the call to be transferred from the Atlanta Police dispatch center, to Fulton County EMS and, ultimately, DeKalb County EMS -- the ambulance service that covers East Atlanta.

Henderson's ambulance took at least 18 minutes to arrive. He died from his injuries 12 days later.

The shooting has illustrated a need for prompter responses to 911 calls in East Atlanta, and it's a need that city officials are addressing.

On April 21, the City Council has approved a 50-cent hike in Atlantans' cell phone bills. The surcharge could pump funds into various agencies to ensure that if a call is made from the portion of Atlanta in DeKalb County, the call will get where it needs to go more quickly.

"The objective is that we have a greater capacity to track the wireless calls to the cell tower and to try to pin down the address," says Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, "It will help situations like the one that happened."


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