Officials say it appears Americus suspect committed suicide

Officials say it appears Americus suspect committed suicide
(Source: GBI)
(Source: GBI)

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Officials stated in a press conference on Thursday that the Americus shooting suspect appears to have committed suicide.

Law enforcement received a tip Thursday morning that Minquell Lembrick, 32, was located at a house in Americus.

When officials arrived on scene they tried to see if anybody would respond within the residence.

Once authorities entered the home they found Lembrick with what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound.

Police said Lembrick fatally shot Americus Police Officer Nick Smarr and critically wounded Georgia Southwestern Safety Office Jody Smith when the officers responded to a domestic dispute Wednesday morning at an apartment complex.

The Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said that they are still investigating the shooting.

And officials are asking that the community to remain calm as they continue to investigate the incident.

"Our future is to heal. We came through this together and we will continue on together. We will be meeting with community members to make sure that everyone understands what happened and why it happened. Our goal is to be completely transparent and open in the investigation and to make sure that all the questions are answered," said Americus Chief of Police Mark Scott.

Chief Scott said that it was thanks to the community that the manhunt was brought to an end.

He said he is proud of the work that his force and the community has done.

Officials also said that the person who gave them the tip to Lembrick's location could be eligible for the $70,000 reward for his capture.

The GBI released a statement Thursday afternoon confirming that Lembrick was dead after a standoff Thursday morning.

Law enforcement gathered near Allen Street and MLK in Americus Thursday morning at a location where they believed Lembrick was barricaded.

Several people were escorted out of the area as crews were on the scene.

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The Americus community has set up a YouCaring site to support the families of fallen officer Nicholas Smarr and officer Jody Smith, who remains in critical condition.

The page says all of the donations received will be forwarded to the police departments so that the money can be distributed to the families.

They have raised a little over $1,000 so far.

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