The suspect in the fatal shooting of two south Georgia police officers shot and killed himself yesterday as heavily armed officers surrounded a house in Americus, Ga., where he was holed up, USA Today reports. Police heard a single gunshot inside the house and tried for more than an hour to make contact with the suspect, Minquell Lembrick. Police used a robot to open the door and found Lembrick, 32, 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 Jody Smith, who were responding to a report of domestic violence Wednesday morning. Smith died yesterday. The two officers were grade school friends who had attended the police training academy together. After Wednesday’s shooting, Lembrick made a series of posts to 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.” Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, described Lembrick as a “career criminal.” The tip that led to Lembrick’s hideout came from a local resident.