An Americus police officer was killed and Georgia Southwestern State University public safety officer was listed in “very, very critical” condition after a shooting near the GSW State University campus in Americus Tuesday morning. A massive manhunt is underway for the gunman, identified by police as Minguel Hembrick.
The shooting happened near the Griffin Bell Golf Course, located just south of the main campus.
Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said the officers were looking for Hembrick. “They encountered the suspect they’d been looking for,” Chief Scott said. Shots were exchanged and both police officers were hit.
They were transported to an area hospital in critical condition.
It’s unknown at this time if the Hembrick was hit, but he was able to escape.
A massive manhunt for Hembrick is now underway.
Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, are participating in the search for the suspect.
An alert from the university sent shortly when the incident occurred, advised everyone to remain in their present location until further notice. In addition, everyone is advised to take steps to secure all doors and windows to the rooms in which they are in, including shutting down HVAC, turning off lights, moving to an unobservable part of the room away from doors and windows and getting down on the floor.
They are advised to then await additional instructions or contact from first responders.