Americus police shooting suspect is dead

During a police conference, the Sumter County Sheriff’s office, Americus Police and the GBI confirmed the events that lead to a suspect’s death.

Officers say at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office received a tip that wanted officer shooter 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick was hiding in a home at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Allen Avenue.

Police say they believe the person who called was inside the home with Lembrick and got away to call police.

An officer says about 15 minutes later, units began responding to the home. They say they heard a shot shortly afterwards, but did not rush inside in case of hostages.

A SWAT team responded to the scene and waited in a two hour standoff before forcing the door. At that point, officers found Lembrick dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They also confirm no one else was inside.

Lembrick was well known to law enforcement and they confirm he had a “32-page long criminal history”.

Lembrick had been on the run since about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday when police say he shot an Americus police officer and a Georgia Southwestern State University campus security officer.

Americus officer Nicholas Smarr died shortly after the shooting. Campus officer Jodi Smith remains in critical condition.

During the conference, officers Smarr and Smith are described as “model officers” and best friends. Smith is engaged to Smarr’s sister.

12:50 P.M. — Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith confirms the man wanted in two police shootings died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

A more than 24 hour long manhunt for armed suspect 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick led police to an Americus home near Martin Luther King Boulevard. WRBL’s crew on the scene says it is unclear at what point during the standoff Lambrick was discovered dead.

The GBI and Americus Police Department will hold a press conference just after 1 p.m. to address the press on the full investigation.

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