Bodycam Footage Released From Murder Of Two Americus, Georgia Officers

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Realeased Bodycam Footage

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Released Bodycam Footage Of GA Officers Killed On Duty

Americus, GA –Bodycam footage was released today by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation of the shooting death of Officers Nicholas Smarr, Americus Police Department and Officer Jody Smith, Georgia Southwestern State University.  Officers Smarr and Smith grew up together, became officers together and died together a day apart after they were both shot during a domestic on December 7th, 2016.  The video has been retrieved from a body camera worn by Americus officer Nicholas Smarr.

The body camera footage was captured during a dispatch to a domestic.  The 911 call that came in around 9:40a.m., originated from an apartment, where the officers made contact with the suspect, Minquell Lembrick.  Lembrick can be seen on the footage exiting out of the back door as the officers pursued.

Lembrick opened fire on the officers, who we later learned were best friends.  The family of officer Smarr released intimate details of the shooting and the heroic acts of both officer Smarr and officer Smith in the wake of the incredible tragedy.  Officer Smarr’s uncle, Michael Waters, said that after his nephew was shot, he ran to aid his fellow officer and best friend.  Smarr rolled Smith over and performed CPR in his final moments.  Smarr was found lying over his best friend, he had succumbed to his injuries.  Officer Smith was transported to a Macon hospital, where he underwent surgery.  He later succumbed to his injuries and passed away on December 8th, 2016.

A manhunt ensued for Lembrick over the next 24 hours.  Multiple agencies helped on the search.  Lembrick was later dead inside of an Americus home after being surrounded by police, on December 8th, 2016, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations edited the footage, “to protect the privacy and to prevent further trauma, sorrow or emotional injury to the immediate families of these officers.”

“The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”-Proverbs 28:1

They were best friends until the very end. "Since high school Nick Smarr and Jody Smith had been inseparable — roommates after graduation; classmates at the police academy in Georgia; and best friends who, at the end of every goodbye, said the words “I love you.” Officer Smarr was responding to a domestic call and Officer Smith drove separately to back up his best friend. A man identified as Minquell Lembrick shot at the officers, striking both in the head before leaving the property. After shooting at the man, Smarr ran to Smith, rolled him onto his back and performed CPR until he could no longer When backup officers arrived, they found the wounded men laying in the backyard — Smarr slumped over his best friend. Smarr died soon after, authorities said, and Smith was airlifted to a Macon, Ga., hospital where, on Thursday, he died, too." • • • • • ___________________________ #bluelivesmatter #strong #love #men #family #brother #follow #like4like

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