A manhunt was launched Wednesday for the shooter responsible for killing one Georgia police officer and critically wounding another in an incident that triggered a lockdown at nearby Georgia Southwestern State College.
Minguell Kennedy Lembrick, 32, was named as the alleged shooter by a spokesperson for the Albany Police Department, WGXA reported. Authorities consider Lembrick armed and dangerous.
“There are no words to express the pain and sorrow,” Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said. Officials did not name the officers involved.
The officer who was killed was from the Americus Police Dept. Another officer from Georgia Southwestern State University had been placed on a Life Flight to a hospital in Macon, Scott said. Both officers had head wounds, WSB reported. Neither officer was named.
The shooting unfolded just after 9:30 a.m. at the Country Club Estates apartments. The Americus officer went to the complex on a domestic disturbance call and the GSW officer arrived as backup, Scott told WGXA.
“A shooting has taken place off campus near the south side of the Griffin Bell Golf Course,” a statement from GSW said. “Students, faculty and staff should remain in their present location until further notice.”
The alert advised those on lockdown to secure doors and windows, shut off lights and move away from doors. No students were injured during the incident, the school said in a tweet.
Americus is about 75 miles southwest of Macon.