Law enforcement details full account of search for Americus shooting suspect


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UPDATE:

1:30 P.M. — 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.

12:50 P.M. — Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith confirms the man wanted in two police shootings died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

A more than 24 hour long manhunt for armed suspect 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick led police to an Americus home near Martin Luther King Boulevard. WRBL’s crew on the scene says it is unclear at what point during the standoff Lambrick was discovered dead.

The GBI and Americus Police Department will hold a press conference just after 1 p.m. to address the press on the full investigation.

12:10 P.M. — The GBI confirms the armed suspect wanted in two police shootings is dead. Public Affairs Director Nelly Miles says Minquell Kennedy Lembrick was shot and killed Thursday morning.

There will be a media conference at 1 p.m. for full updates.

11:30 A.M. — Officers at a home on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Allen Avenue say they are in a standoff with a suspect inside. News 3 is working to confirm the suspect is Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, who has been on the run for more than 24 hours after two law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday morning.

11:20 A.M. — A News 3 reporter on the scene says there is a massive police response at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Allen Avenue. A responding police officer says they believe suspect Minquell Kennedy Lembrick may be barricaded inside a home.

WRBL reporter Ashley Garret says she witnessed several people being escorted out of neighboring houses shortly after 11 a.m. News 3 is working to confirm the current state of the investigation.

9:44 A.M. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has again increased the reward for a man on the run after he allegedly shot two law enforcement officers Wednesday morning.

GBI Public Affairs Director Nelly Miles says four more law enforcement agencies have contributed to the reward which is now at $70,000. The search continues for 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick after police say he shot and killed an Americus police officer and critically injured a Georgia Southwestern State University campus security officer.


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AMERICUS, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announces it is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man accused of shooting two officers Wednesday morning.

GBI Public Affairs Director Nelly Miles says in a Thursday press release multiple law enforcement agencies are adding to the reward offered for suspect 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick’s arrest. The reward amount was last set at $30,000 as of late Wednesday night.

As News 3 reported, Lembrick is still on the run after he allegedly shot two officers responding to a domestic disturbance call at the Country Club Apartments complex.

Americus Police Chief Mark Scott says police department officer Nicolas Smarr and Georgia Southwestern State University campus security officer Jody Smith were called to the apartments at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Scott says the officers met Lembrick who then began shooting. Officer Smarr died shortly afterwards and Officer Smith remains in critical condition.

The search for Lembrick is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Americus Police Department at the following numbers:

  • 229-924-3677
  • 229-815-0070
  • 229-815-0896

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