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Man suspected of killing Georgia officer is dead, police say

Second officer in critical condition
Posted: 5:46 PM, Dec 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-08 17:46:31-05

(CNN) -- A man suspected of killing a police officer in Georgia has died, police said Thursday.

Americus Police Chief Mark Scott confirmed a man identified as Minquell Kennedy Lembrick died, according to Atlanta-based WSB-TV. 

A police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded Wednesday morning at an apartment complex in western Georgia, prompting a hunt for a suspect and causing nearby Georgia Southwestern State University to tell students to take shelter.

Americus Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25, was killed while answering a call about a domestic dispute, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

The other officer, Jody Smith, works for the university. He was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

The GBI identified the suspect as Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, though a search of public records shows other variants of his first name. 

Georgia Southwestern State, a school that has about 3,000 students, told its campus community to shelter in place Wednesday because of the shooting.

"Please secure all doors and windows (any additional actions such as shut down HVAC, turn off lights, move to unobservable part of the room, get on the floor, away from doors) and await further instructions or contact by first responders," read a notice on the university's website.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 63 law enforcement officers in the United States were fatally shot while on duty in 2016. That statistic is 66% higher than last year's total through December 7.

Americus is some 138 miles south of Atlanta and is near Plains, the birthplace of former President Jimmy Carter. It is the county seat of Sumter County, which has about 31,000 residents.

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