Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr

Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr

Americus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Nicholas Ryan Smarr

Police Officer Nicholas Smarr and Public Safety Officer Jody Smith, of the Georgia Southwestern State University Department of Public Safety, were shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence incident at a local apartment complex at South Lee Street and Country Club Drive, near Georgia Southwestern State University.

The officers had been notified that the male subject was punching holes in the apartment walls and that he had an active felony warrant. When they arrived on the scene the complainant advised them that the man was still inside of the apartment. Officer Smith went to the rear of the building as Officer Smarr announced himself at the front door. As Officer Smarr entered the apartment he observed the male subject entering the apartment from the back door.

He ordered the man to come to him, but the man instead fled out of the back door. Officer Smarr radioed that the man was fleeing and ran through the apartment. As both officers pursued the man on foot the subject opened fire on them, striking both officers in the head. Despite his wounds, Officer Smarr returned fire but did not strike the suspect. Officer Smarr immediately began to perform CPR on Officer Smith until he collapsed from his own wounds. Both officers were transported to Phoebe Sumter Regional Hospital where Officer Smarr was pronounced dead. Officer Smith was flown to a trauma center in Macon, Georgia, where he died the following day.

The suspect fled the scene but committed suicide the next day following a SWAT raid of a local residence.

Officer Smarr was a U.S Marine Corps veteran. He also served with the Americus Police Department for one year and had prior law enforcement experience.

Officer Smarr and Officer Smith had known each other their entire lives and were best friends. Officer Smarr was going to serve as the best man at Officer Smith's wedding in May 2017.

In February 2017, the university's public safety building was renamed the Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith Memorial Building.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 649
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide


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Officer Smarr, I met your parents on the subway during Police Week in D.C. in 2017. When your father told me that he had lost his son the previous year, and that you were at your best friend's side when it happened, I told him that I knew of your story, and that I felt that you were truly a hero. Speaking to your father, I think he realized that if a complete stranger from a thousand miles away knew of the story of your death, that you would truly never be forgotten by your brothers and sisters in blue. It was an honor spending those few minutes with your family, and talking about you, and a memory that I will carry with me forever. Ever since that night, I have added your name to the list of too many friends whose names I search out on the walls when I visit the memorial to render a salute and pay my respects. Rest Easy Hero. You are not forgotten!

Sergeant Jason R. Larochelle
Fremont NH Police Department

July 7, 2020

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