2nd Georgia Police Officer Dies One Day After Being Shot

Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr (left), Officer Jody Smith (right)
Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr (left), Officer Jody Smith (right)

A man who fatally shot two police officers in southwest Georgia apparently killed himself Thursday morning, police said.

The shootings occurred Wednesday at an apartment complex in Americus, prompting a manhunt and causing nearby Georgia Southwestern State University to tell students to take shelter for most of the day.

Americus police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25, was killed while answering a call about a domestic dispute at the complex, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

The other officer, Jody Smith, worked for the university in the town some 140 miles south of Atlanta. He died of his injuries on Thursday afternoon, the university said.

The GBI identified the suspect as Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, though a search of public records shows variants of his first name.

He was at large until Thursday morning when a caller told police Lembrick was in a local house. First responders heard a gunshot, and a SWAT team found Lembrick’s body with a single gunshot wound inside. No one else was in the home.

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SOURCE: CNN, Jay Croft