Authorities confirm Americus shooter is dead, self-inflicted gunshot

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) – During a police conference, the Sumter County Sheriff’s office, Americus Police and the GBI confirmed the events that lead to a suspect’s death.

Officers say at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office received a tip that wanted officer shooter 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick was hiding in a home at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Allen Avenue.

Police say they believe the person who called was inside the home with Lembrick and got away to call police.

An officer says about 15 minutes later, units began responding to the home. They say they heard a shot shortly afterwards, but did not rush inside in case of hostages.

A SWAT team responded to the scene and waited in a two hour standoff before forcing the door. At that point, officers found Lembrick dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They also confirm no one else was inside.

Lembrick was well known to law enforcement and they confirm he had a “32-page long criminal history”.

Lembrick had been on the run since about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday when police say he shot an Americus police officer and a Georgia Southwestern State University campus security officer.

Americus officer Nicholas Smarr died shortly after the shooting. Campus officer Jodi Smith remains in critical condition.

During the conference, officers Smarr and Smith are described as “model officers” and best friends. Smith is engaged to Smarr’s sister.

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) – WSB-TV have reported that the shooter accused of killing a south Georgia police officer and critically injuring another is now dead.

Public Affairs Director Nelly Miles says Minquell Kennedy Lembrick was shot and killed Thursday morning.

GBI received a call this morning from a citizen that led them to believe that 32-year-old Lembrick was barricaded in a home.

More details to come.

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) – The manhunt for the shooter accused of killing a south Georgia police officer and critically injuring another enters it’s second day as authorities surround a home in Americus, Ga.

(Courtesy WSB-TV)
(Courtesy WSB-TV)

WSB-TV reports that the GBI received a call this morning from a citizen that’s led them to believe that 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick is barricaded in a home.

Details to come.

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) – Another $10,000 has been added to a reward for information leading to the arrest of man who shot and killed an officer in south Georgia and critically injured another as they responded to a domestic violence call.

The Peach County Sheriff’s Office, Byron Police Department and Fort Valley Police Department are contributing the extra money, bringing the total reward to $30,000.

Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said Americus police Officer Nicholas Smarr died Wednesday and Georgia Southwestern State University Officer Jodi Smith was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. Both had been officers since 2012.

Scott says the suspect, 32-year-old Minguell Kennedy Lembrick, was still at large and local, state and federal law enforcement officers were searching for him.

AMERICUS, Ga (WRBL) — Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Eric Bryant confirms one officer is dead and the other is in “very, very critical condition” after both were shot at in an apartment complex near Georgia Southwestern State University campus.

The school remains on lockdown while police search for the suspect: 32-year-old Minguell Kennedy Lembrick.

Bryant says the officers’ names have not been released.

AMERICUS, Ga (WRBL) —  The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office confirms that one of two officers shot in Americus has been airlifted to a Macon hospital for treatment.  No word right now on the condition of the officers.

A search for the suspect is now underway in the Lake Jennifer Drive area.

The Georgia Southwestern State University emergency alert system issued a lockdown Wednesday morning after an off-campus shooting.

The online alert says the suspect is at large and two officers have been injured: a campus safety officer and an Americus police officer.

An earlier alert says the shooting happened near the south side of the Griffin Bell Golf Course.

It also says all students, faculty and staff are being told to stay wherever they are, lock all doors and windows, and take precautions to protect themselves until further notice.


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