Cops, best friends for life, shot dead during call

- Two childhood friends who grew up to become Georgia cops were fatally shot while responding to the same call this week.

Nick Smarr, 25, and Jody Smith, 26, worked as officers in different departments, but both heard the call about a domestic disturbance Wednesday morning.

Police said 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick shot and killed Smarr at the scene and critically wounded his lifelong friend, Smith.

Smith, a member of the Georgia Southwestern State University police force, died from his wounds Thursday evening.

Smith was nearby when he heard the call go out to Smarr with the Americus police at about 9:40 am.

Police say Lembrick opened fire as the two officers arrived.

The childhood friends were both engaged to be married next year.


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