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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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