Both police officers in Americus shooting die, suspect dead

AMERICUS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “You learn how strong the community is,” said Scott.

Teachable moments have come fast for Americus Police Chief Mark Scott.

“You learn how resilient our police officers are,” said Scott.

They haven’t stopped since Wednesday.

“And you learn the importance of family,” said Scott.

Scott’s police family lost two of their own Wednesday.

25-year-old Nicholas Smarr, an Americus police officer, and 26-year-old Jody Smith, a Georgia Southwestern State University police officer were shot while on a call.

“You have to just prepare for everything,” said Scott. “You never expect something like this, you never expect to lose a family member.”

Now the investigation will hopefully reveal why 32-year-old Minquell Lemberick shot Smarr and Smith.

The community’s information was vital in finding Lemberick at a house on Allen Street in Americus Thursday afternoon.

Lemberick had killed himself.

“The public has been tremendous,” said Scott. “Just the outpouring of support and sympathy–food and water for the officers. And the tips that came in, we couldn’t have resolved this without that information.”

Moving forward will be tough.

“Our future is to heal,” said Scott.

But families stick together through these learning moments.

“We came through this together, we’ll continue on together,” said Scott. “We’ll be meeting with community members to make sure that everyone understands what happened and why it happened and we’ll be completely transparent and make sure all the questions are answered.”

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