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Georgia Police Officers Both Die After Shooting Near College | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) South Africa United Kingdom United States NEWS Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Heroin Epidemic Donald Trump Racial Inequality US Senate Election Results HuffPost Hill Police Brutality Hate Crimes Supreme Court Congress So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Entertainment Comedy Celebrity TV Arts + Culture Backspace Movies LIFESTYLE Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Relationships Sleep IMPACT Reclaim Project Zero HuffPost RYOT Good News VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Queer Voices Parents VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Newsletters Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women FEATURED OWN Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Retire Well Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit WorldPost CRIME 12/08/2016 07:04 pm ET | Updated Dec 08, 2016 Georgia Police Officers Both Die After Shooting Near College The suspect killed himself inside a home after a standoff with police. WMAZ Officers Jody Smith (left) and Nicholas Smarr. 280 The second officer shot while responding to a domestic dispute near a university in Georgia died of his injuries on Thursday, school officials said, after the suspect killed himself inside a home where he was barricaded earlier in the day. Georgia Southwestern State University police officer Jody Smith was transported to an area hospital in critical condition after Wednesday’s shooting, and died on Thursday, university officials said in a statement. Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25, of the Americus Police Department died of his wounds on Wednesday, police said. Police said the officers were responding to a 911 call about a domestic dispute when they encountered the suspect, identified as Minquell Lembrick, on Wednesday. Both officers were shot, but it was not immediately known if the officers also fired their weapons, police said. Americus Police Chief Mark A. Scott told a news conference Lembrick appeared to have taken his own life on Thursday morning after law enforcement received a tip about his location from an unidentified citizen who knew him. Officers outside the residence heard one shot at about 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, Scott said, and they called in FBI hostage negotiators to try to contact anyone inside, without success. Police SWAT teams later sent in a robot they used to locate the suspect’s body, which had suffered a gunshot wound. Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, described Lembrick, 32, as a “career criminal” and told reporters he had a criminal record that was more than 32 pages long. Scott said both officers were close friends who went to high school together and later trained together in law enforcement. “They’re both heroes in my opinion,” Scott said. “Our hearts go out to the families.” It was not immediately clear whether the suspect used the same gun that was used in the police shooting to take his own life, the police chief said. The investigation is ongoing and police are looking into whether anyone had been intentionally hiding Lembrick, Scott added. Georgia Southwestern State University, which had been put on lockdown following Wednesday’s shooting, resumed normal operations on Thursday. (Writing by Gina Cherelus and Curtis Skinner; editing by Bernard Orr and James Dalgleish) ALSO ON HUFFPOST The Most Heartwarming Thank You Notes To The Police The Most Heartwarming Thank You Notes To The Police 1 of 7 For Brookline, Mass. Police In The Wake Of The Boston Marathon Bombings In the aftermath of April's Boston Marathon bombings, elementary students at the Lincoln School in Brookline, Mass., reached out to local law enforcement to thank them for the incredible job they'd done protecting their city. Share this slide: Facebook/Brookline MA Police Department MORE: Police Georgia Jody Smith Ryan Smarr Minquell Lembrick CONVERSATIONS Close SUBSCRIBE TO & FOLLOW BREAKING ALERTS Don’t miss out — be the first to know all the latest and breaking news. Learn more Newsletter 969 K 62.1 K 472 K Podcast Add us on Snapchat Georgia Police Officers Both Die After Shooting Near College 280 NEW! HIGHLIGHT AND SHARE Highlight text to share via Facebook and Twitter Advertise RSS Careers FAQ User Agreement Privacy Comment Policy About Us About Our Ads Contact Us Archive Copyright © 2017 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.    "The Huffington Post