Special procession held in Americus for second officer slain in the line of duty

AMERICUS, Ga. – Many continue to mourn the life of another officer shot in the line of duty. The body of Officer Jody Smith was escorted from the GBI Crime Lab.

In Macon, back home to Americus, in a special procession this morning.

This comes one day after Officer Nicholas Smarr was laid to rest.

In an update News Three shows how dozens of “Brothers in Blue” are showing their support.

On Monday, just before noon faculty, staff and students gathered at the corner of Glessner Street and GSW State University Drive in Americus to pay tribute to Officer Jody Smith.

Several agencies including the GBI showed their support. His procession passed through the Georgia Southwestern State University campus.

Smith was an officer at the school. He and his best friend, Officer Nicholas Smarr were shot to death last Wednesday while responding to a domestic call.

Longtime resident of Americus, Sam Lester gave News 3 a comment.

“It’s been years since we experienced something like this,” says Lester.

Americus Officer Nicholas Smarr was laid to rest Sunday. Thousands took time out of their day to pay their respects at his funeral- which was held at the Storm Dome.

Americus Fire Chief Allen Erkhart shares how hard it was to get through the ceremony.

“We’ve been through a lot this past week. We’ve come together and we’ll get back on the right track,” says Erkhart.

Rob Butler is the President of Patriot Guard Riders.

His organization is backing the blue and when it comes to violence happening to police….

“It’s enough. We’ve seen too many brave men who have died in the line of duty and it has to stop,” says Butler.

Police confirmed Minquell Lembrick shot and killed officers Smarr and Smith.

Officer Smarr died Wednesday while giving Officer Smith CPR.

Officer Smith died Thursday night in a Macon hospital.

Lembrick, the suspect died earlier on Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 

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