Officer killed, another injured in Georgia shooting; suspect at large

| December 8, 2016

AMERICUS, Ga. (WCTV Eyewitness News) — Authorities say one law enforcement officer is dead and another is in “very, very critical condition” after a shooting in southern Georgia, reports CBS affiliate WMAZ.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles says the two officers were shot Wednesday in Americus, about 130 miles south of Atlanta. The suspected shooter, who police identified as Minguell Kennedy Lembrick, remains at large.

Americus police Chief Scott Mark says one of his officers died and a Georgia Southwestern College officer was critically wounded, WMAZ reports. They were at an apartment complex near the campus at the time of the shooting, reportedly responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The campus officer reportedly responded as backup.

During a press conference, the fallen officer was identified as Officer Nicholas Smarr, 25.

The injured officer, identified as Georgia Southwestern State University Officer Jodi Smith, was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.

Both Smarr and Smith had been officers since 2012.

The suspect, Lembrick, is wanted on felony warrants, and he is considered armed and dangerous, Mark said. Investigators believe he may still be in the area.

The university, which is in Americus, issued an alert on its website saying the shooting occurred off campus but that the campus was on lockdown. Dianne Brown, an administrative assistant with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, said the shooter is not a student at the university.

The wounded officer was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

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