GBI urges suspect to turn himself in after deadly Americus shooting


8:30 P.M. — The GBI and the FBI stepped up the pressure by offering a $30,000 reward for the arrest of a man who shot two law enforcement officers Wednesday.

GBI director Vernon Keenan held a press conference to appeal to suspect Minquell Lembrick to turn himself in.

“Enough violence has occurred today. We want you to call 911 and arrange to turn yourself in,” says Keenan. “Everyone’s safety is important. Contact us and end this in a peaceful manner. We want the violence to end today.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police.

7:57 P.M. — The Sumter County Sheriff’s office says the Georgia Southwestern State University campus security officer shot Wednesday morning is out of surgery.

Americus police officer Nicolas Smarr (WMAZ)
Americus police officer Nicolas Smarr (WMAZ)

Chief Deputy Eric Bryant says Officer Jody Smith is still in critical condition, but that “He’s strong. He’s a fighter,” according to News 3 sister station WMAZ.

GBI Public Affairs Director Nelly Miles identifies the Americus police officer shot and killed as 25-year-old Nicolas Smarr.

Miles says in a press release officers Smarr and Smith were responding to a domestic disturbance call at about 9:40 a.m. at the Country Club Apartments complex near the university campus.

Americus Police Chief Mark Scott says shots were fired at the officers when they met the suspect, 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick. The search for Lembrick continues.

5:00 P.M. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offered a $20,000 reward for the arrest of Minguell Lembrick.

1:35 P.M. — Americus flags will fly at half-mast to memorialize a fallen police officer, according to Chief Mark Scott.

He confirms the suspect 32-year-old Minguell Kennedy Lembrick was involved in a domestic incident at apartments near Georgia Southwestern State University Wednesday morning when he shot the Americus officer and a GSSU campus security officer.

Helicopter response units are responding to the area to aid in the search. Scott says police believe the Lembrick is still hiding in the area.

Police tape blocks the Americus apartment complex where two officers were shot Wednesday morning. (WRBL)
Police tape blocks the Americus apartment complex where two officers were shot Wednesday morning. (WRBL)

12:45 P.M. — Americus Police Chief Mark Scott confirms one of the department’s officers is dead and a Georgia Southwestern campus security officer is in “very, very critical condition”.  Both were shot at the Country Club apartment complex near the Georgia Southwestern State University campus.

The school remains on lockdown while police search for the suspect.

Bryant says the officers’ names have not been released.

Minguell Kennedy Lembrick (Albany Police Department via Facebook)
Minguell Kennedy Lembrick (Albany Police Department via Facebook)

12:41 P.M. — Americus police name the suspect who shot and injured two officers Wednesday morning as 32-year-old Minguell Kennedy Lembrick.

An administrative assistant with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office says an Americus police officer and a public safety officer from Georgia Southwestern State University were both shot at an apartment complex near the campus.

12 P.M. — The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office confirms to WRBL one of two officers shot Wednesday morning has been airlifted to a Macon hospital for treatment.

News 3 is working to confirm the conditions of both officers.

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


AMERICUS, Ga —  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.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for updates.

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