AMERICUS, Ga. – Yesterday LET reported that two police officers were shot at Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia. One of the officers, Nicholas Smarr, has since died. Police have been looking for the murderer since then.
NBC reports the 27-hour manhunt has concluded, with the discovery of the man believed to be responsible.
The gunman accused of killing Officer Smarr, and critically wounding Officer Jody Smith, is dead officials said on Thursday.
Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, 32, was found dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a residence on Allen Street. Authorities surrounded the house after receiving a tip at 10:02 a.m. that Lembrick was inside the home.
No one else was inside when authorities entered the home.
The manhunt for Lembrick had intensified Thursday morning with more than 200 law enforcement officers across multiple agencies joining the search. Overnight, the reward money for his arrest rose to $70,000.
Police officials said Lembrick fatally shot Americus police Officer Smarr and wounded university police Officer Jody Smith at an apartment complex at about 9:40 a.m. ET on Wednesday near the campus in Americus, which is in Sumter County about halfway between Columbus and Albany.
Police said, Smarr, 25, was responding to a domestic violence incident when he was shot. Smith was providing backup. As of Thursday morning, Smith was out of surgery but remained in critical condition, according to NBC News.
Police said Smarr and Smith had been best friends since high school and went to the same police academy together.
The university remained on lockdown during the search for Lembrick. After his death was announced, the school resumed normal operations.