|WANTED FOR MURDER|
AMERICUS, Ga. Dec 8 2016
A domestic disturbance near the campuses of Georgia Southwestern State University quickly turned violent leaving an Americus Georgia police officer dead and a university officer in very critical condition.
Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said Americus police Officer Nicholas Smarr died and Georgia Southwestern State University Officer Jodi Smith was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. Both had been officers since 2012.
Authorities said the officers were shot while responding to a report of a domestic dispute at an apartment complex near the campus about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday.
Scott said the suspect, 32-year-old Minguell Kennedy Lembrick, was still at large and local, state and federal law enforcement officers were searching for him.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said his agency and the FBI are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to Lembrick’s arrest.
Messages including “not going to jail” have been posted on the Facebook page of a man wanted in the shootings of two Georgia police officers.
Shortly after the shootings Wednesday, a message posted on the page of Minguell Kennedy Lembrick read: “other life gone not going to jail.”
Also posted to Lembrick’s account was a brief Facebook Live video showing a young man partly concealed by shadows saying, “I’m gonna miss y’all folk, man.” The final message on Lembrick’s page read: “Love yall.”
GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles confirmed to The Associated Press that the Facebook page belongs to Lembrick.
The university issued an alert on its website saying the shooting occurred off campus but that the campus was on lockdown.