AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) - A second Georgia police officer has died a day after being shot alongside a fellow officer while responding to a domestic dispute report.
Charles Patterson, president of Georgia Southwestern State University, said in a statement Thursday evening that campus police Officer Jody Smith died from his injuries. Smith had been airlifted to a hospital after the shootings Wednesday in Americus, about 130 miles south of Atlanta.
Also killed in the attack was Americus police Officer Nicholas Smarr. Fellow officers said the two men had been close friends since boyhood.
The suspected gunman, Minquell Lembrick, was found dead Thursday morning at a home where he was hiding. A telephone tip led police to the residence. Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said it appeared Lembrick shot himself as the first officers arrived.
Scott said at a news conference that 32-year-old Lembrick was found dead by SWAT teams from what "appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that officers heard a gunshot inside the home where Lembrick's body was found before the SWAT team entered.