Body cam captures moment before fatal shooting of Ga. officers

The video shows the moments leading up to the fatal shooting of Officers Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith


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By Jennifer Burk
The Macon Telegraph

AMERICUS, Ga. — The GBI released a video Wednesday from the killing of Americus police officer Nicholas Smarr.

The video was captured on Smarr's body camera and shows a bit of what led up to the fatal shooting of Smarr and Georgia Southwestern State University campus policeman Jody Smith.

The suspected shooter, Minguell Lembrick, was found dead the next day from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In the video, Smarr drives up to apartments on South Lee Street as he responded to a 911 call about a domestic dispute Dec. 7.

 

Smarr walks up to an apartment, communicating with someone on his radio that the suspect is still inside. He knocks on the door, opens it slowly and sees the suspect go out the back door. Smarr chases the man through the apartment and outside past other units.

He yells, "Minguell, stop!"

Shots are fired, and the video ends abruptly. The GBI redacted the rest of the video, citing Georgia law that exempts the release of graphic video of a deceased person.

Danny Jackson, special agent in charge for the GBI, said though Smith had a body camera, it was not operating at the time of the incident.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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