A gunman who allegedly killed one police officer and critically injured another in Georgia is dead after a 27-hour manhunt, officials said on Thursday.
Authorities did not indicate if Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, 32, took his own life or was taken down by authorities. A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The manhunt for Lembrick intensified Thursday morning with more than 200 law enforcement officers across agencies joining the search.
Minquell escaped after the shooting near Georgia Southwestern State University on Wednesday morning, and was considered armed and dangerous, authorities said. Overnight, officials raised the award for Lembrick’s arrest to $70,000.
Authorities say Lembrick fatally shot Americus police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr and wounded university police Officer Jody Smith at an apartment complex at about 9:40 a.m. ET on Wednesday near the campus in Americus, which is in Sumter County about halfway between Columbus and Albany.
Smarr, 25, was responding to a call for a domestic disturbance when he was shot, police said. Smith, who was providing backup, was flown by medical helicopter to a trauma center in Macon. As of Thursday morning, Smith was out of surgery but remained in critical condition.
Police said the two officers had been best friends since high school and went to the same police academy together.
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