(USA TODAY) – The suspect in the shooting of two south Georgia police officers shot and killed himself Thursday as heavily armed officers surrounded a house in Americus, Ga., where he was holed up.
Police heard a single gunshot inside the house and tried for more than an hour to make contact with the suspect, 32-year-old Minquell Lembrick. Police eventually used a robot to open the door of the residence and found Lembrick dead of what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Lembrick was the subject of a massive manhunt after he allegedly shot and killed an Americus, Ga., police officer, Nicholas Smarr, 25, and critically wounded Georgia Southwestern State University officer Jodi Smith, who were responding to a report of domestic violence Wednesday morning. The two officers were high school friends who had attended the police training academy together.
Following Wednesday’s shooting, Lembrick made a series of posts to what appears to have been his Facebook page, including a four-second video that indicated he did not expect to be taken alive: “I’m gonna miss y’all folk, man.” The post was later taken down.
Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, described Lembrick as a “career criminal.”
He said Lembrick’s death means the community can move forward with healing after the shooting of the two officers. “It is over with,” he said. “The perpetrator is not here.”
The tip that led to Lembrick’s hideout came from a local resident who reached out to Chief Deputy Col. Eric Bryant, of the Americus police department. A $70,000 reward had been offered for information on Lembrick’s whereabouts. Continue Reading