Mike Tracy, Director of the Georgia Southwestern University Campus Police Department in Georgia sadly reports the death of Public Safety Officer Jody Smith.

Officer Smith, 26, was shot and killed by a male suspect in a domestic violence situation. Officer Smith responded to be a backup officer for his friend, Officer Nicholas Smarr of the Americus Police Department. The location of the domestic call was an apartment complex near the University Campus.

Witnesses indicated that Officer Smith took a protective stance near the rear of the residence while Officer Smarr announced his presence at the front door. There was some commotion inside the house and officer Smarr entered the residence and confronted the suspect. Two victims of the domestic assault, a woman and child, were inside the residence when Officer Smarr made contact.

The suspect fled out the rear of the residence with Officer Smarr in pursuit. The suspect encountered Officer Smith and a short struggle followed. The suspect broke free from Officer Smith and brandishing a firearm, fired at both officers.

Officer Smith fell to the ground critically wounded. Officer Smarr, not realizing that he was hit, commenced to provide first aid to his close friend and fellow officer. Officer Smarr performed CPR on Officer Smith until he collapsed from his own gunshot wound.

Additional back up officers found Officer Smarr slumped over Officer Smith. There was evidence of Officer Smarr’s first aid that he had administered.

Officer Smarr died as a result of his gunshot wounds a short time later. Officer, Jody Smith, was stabilized at a local hospital and then life-flighted to the Navicent Health Center in Macon. He died of his gun shot wound the following day.

The search for the suspect ultimately located the suspect within a mile of the original shooting. He was deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officer Smarr served the Georgia Southwestern University Campus Police Department for four months.

He had previously served with the Sumter County Sheriff Departments as well as the Plains Police Department prior to joining the University Police Department. He is survived by his fiancee.

Officer Smith and Officer Smarr were best friends and had known each other virtually their entire lives. They were grade school friends. They both became Police Officers in 2012. They even shared a house and were both engaged. They were planning on being each other’s best man at their respective weddings that were scheduled for May of 2017.

Public Safety Officer Jody Smith-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Thursday, December 8, 2016.

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