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GSW, University System release statements on death of Public Safety Officer Jody Smith

Officer Jody Smith. (Source: Georgia Southwestern State University) Officer Jody Smith. (Source: Georgia Southwestern State University)
Fallen officer Nicholas Smarr (right) died trying to save wounded friend, Officer Jody Smith (left). (Source: Facebook) Fallen officer Nicholas Smarr (right) died trying to save wounded friend, Officer Jody Smith (left). (Source: Facebook)
Statement from GSW on the death of Public Safety Officer Jody Smith. (Source: GSW) Statement from GSW on the death of Public Safety Officer Jody Smith. (Source: GSW)
Statement from the University System of Georgia on the death of Public Safety Officer Jody Smith. (Source: USG) Statement from the University System of Georgia on the death of Public Safety Officer Jody Smith. (Source: USG)
Mugshot of the suspect, Minquell Lembrick, 32. (Source: Georgia Bureau of Investigation) Mugshot of the suspect, Minquell Lembrick, 32. (Source: Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) – Georgia Southwestern State University and the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia have released statements after two officers were shot and killed while responding to a domestic call Wednesday morning.

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The school's Public Saftey Officer Jody Smith was rushed to a Macon hospital and successfully underwent surgery, however, he passed away Thursday afternoon.

Smith went to the scene after hearing on the scanner that Officer Nicholas Smarr needed backup.

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Here is the full statement from Georgia Southwestern State University on the death of Public Safety Officer Jody Smith:

“We have just received word that GSW Public Safety Officer Jody Smith has succumbed to his injuries and has passed away. We offer our deepest condolences to his family during this very difficult time. Officer Smith was a bright, young and energetic officer, and he will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family of fallen Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr and his good friend and Georgia Southwestern Public Safety Officer Jody Smith..., said Georgia Southwestern State University Interim President Charles Patterson. “Officer Smith showed extreme bravery in the line of duty as he responded to a call for backup.

 Jody Smith ... a dedicated law enforcement officer who came to the Georgia Southwestern University Police Department in August 2016.

 Prior to joining the University force, Smith worked as a deputy sheriff with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in addition to serving as a part-time officer with the Plains Police Department.

 Smith was enthusiastic about joining the Georgia Southwestern State University Public Safety Department, as it offered him an opportunity to pursue a college degree and work in law enforcement.

 Smith is a 2009 graduate of Americus-Sumter County High School, and he graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Tifton, Ga. in 2012. He is known by his friendly personality and his love for the Atlanta Braves.”

Here is the full statement from the University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby on the death of Public Safety Officer Jody Smith: 

“We were deeply saddened to learn that GSW Public Safety Officer Jody Smith passed away this afternoon. Our campus police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our campus communities.

Officer Smith and Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr are true heroes and will be remembered for their sacrifices and dedication to their community. We are grateful for the partnership between Georgia Southwestern State University and the Americus Police Department and offer our condolences and support to them at this time.

Officer Smith dedicated his life to protecting our students, faculty, staff and the citizens of Americus. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Georgia Southwestern State University and the Americus community.”

Minquell Lembrick, 32, fled the scene Wednesday after shooting and killing Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr and wounding Smith.

Lembrick was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a home on Allen St. Thursday around 11 a.m.

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