7th, 2016—a day
that will go down in infamy, to paraphrase a well-known quote. The community is
still coming to grips about the shooting death of an Americus Police Officer and the wounding of a GSW Campus Safety
Officer who was there to provide back-up. Officer Smarr was responding to a
domestic call at a Country Club address and Officer Smith, due to the proximity
to the campus, arrived and both were shot outside an apartment by 32-year old
Minquel Lembrick who then fled the scene and has been the object of a manhunt
ever since. There were reports of several locations the suspect was supposed to
be hiding but every tip turned up nothing. Over 300 law enforcement officers
have converged on Americus and SumterCounty and have been working around the clock. There is now a $50,000
reward offered for information leading to the arrest of Minquel Lembrick. You
can call anonymously at 924-4102. Last night, a plea by the GBI was made to
Lembrick to peacefully turn himself in and stop the violence.
The City is on lockdown. Some businesses may be
closed while others will choose the option of being open as usual. Class will
be held as usual in the Sumter County Schools today as but probably will be considered on
lock down as a precaution. There will be a strong law enforcement presence in
and out of the schools today according to Superintendent Dr.Torrance Choates. Citizens are being warned to NOT APPROACH Minquel
Lembrick as he considered armed and dangerous. The community has rallied as
we’ve always done through a flood and tornado by coming together. An impromptu
prayer vigil last night across from the PublicSafetyBuilding had nearly 100 in attendance. Numerous donations of food
and drink were sent to the CommandCenter to feed the numerous officers. The AFES arrived at the CommandCenter and began cooking for the nearly 300 officers from around
the state that arrived throughout yesterday.
Nick Smarr’s body will be sent to the GBI Crime Lab today and will have a GSP
escort to Macon for autopsy. Meanwhile, Campus Safety Officer and SumterCounty Sheriff Deputy Jody Smith underwent surgery at a MaconTraumaCenter yesterday and is in critical condition. Local News will be
following this ongoing manhunt and will have updates when they are available.
say, there were no incident reports except for a burglary at 607 Wildwood Circle available from Americus Police today.
The monthly meeting of the SumterCountyBOE is tonight at 7 in the boardroom of the SCSAdministrationBuilding. This meeting is open for the community to attend.
The SumterCounty Board of Commissioners and the Mayor and City Council will
have a Legislative Breakfast tomorrow morning at at the Quality Inn at 1205 S. MLK Boulevard. Current and future legislation will be discussed with
state leaders that will be in attendance.
Sumter on Ice makes its’ debut tomorrow after a ribbon cutting at RylanderPark. Following the ribbon cutting, you will be able to ice
skate for only $5 and that includes your skate rental.
The local Sigma Chi Fraternity will have a
community prayer vigil tomorrow evening at at the Fraternity House at 103 William B. King Drive on the GSW campus. It is open to the community to come out
and show their continued support for our law enforcement and First Responders.