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Thursday December 8th, 2016


December 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 Sumter County 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 Public Safety Building had nearly 100 in attendance. Numerous donations of food and drink were sent to the Command Center to feed the numerous officers. The AFES arrived at the Command Center and began cooking for the nearly 300 officers from around the state that arrived throughout yesterday.

Officer 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 Sumter County Sheriff Deputy Jody Smith underwent surgery at a Macon Trauma Center yesterday and is in critical condition. Local News will be following this ongoing manhunt and will have updates when they are available.

Needless to say, there were no incident reports except for a burglary at 607 Wildwood Circle available from Americus Police today.

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE is tonight at 7 in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. This meeting is open for the community to attend.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners and the Mayor and City Council will have a Legislative Breakfast tomorrow morning at 8:30 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 4pm ribbon cutting at Rylander Park. 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 7pm 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.