They were best friends…
The second police officer shot by man outside Georgia apartment complex has died – one day after his best friend and fellow officer died at the scene.
Georgia Southwestern State University Officer Jody Smith was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition on Wednesday and succumbed to his injuries Thursday afternoon.
He was shot by Minquell Lembrick, 32, who also shot and killed Americus police officer Nicholas Smarr, 25, before going on the run.
Smarr and Smith were best friends, having graduated from Americus-Sumter High School in 2009 before becoming police officers.
Smarr and Smith had both responded to a domestic violence call on Wednesday morning, with Smith deciding to help his friend Smarr who was on his way there.
Fellow officers who knew them weren’t surprised that Smith, who worked on a college campus near the shooting scene, went to assist Smarr. The two men had been lifelong friends.
‘They’ve been close friends since grade school’, said Lt. Chuck Hanks of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, where both officers had previously worked as deputies. Hanks said the two men were still roommates, sharing a home in the county.