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Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr | Americus Police Department, Georgia Americus Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer

Nicholas Ryan Smarr

Americus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Deceased

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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 the Georgia Southwestern State University.

Officer Smarr responded to a call of domestic violence at approximately 9:40 am. Officer Smith, who was nearby, responded to backup Officer Smarr. Officer Smith went to the back of the apartment while Officer Smarr approached the slightly ajar front door. Officer Smarr heard commotion inside, called out and entered, where he encountered a male subject along with a woman and child.

Unbeknownst to the officers, the male subject had outstanding felony warrants. The man fled out the back door with Officer Smarr in pursuit. The man shot at the officers, striking both before fleeing property. Despite being wounded, Officer Smarr returned fire and then ran to Officer Smith, rolled him onto his back, and performed CPR until he lost consciousness.

When backup officers arrived, they found the wounded officers laying in the backyard, with Officer Smarr slumped over Officer Smith. Officer Smarr died that day from his wounds. Officer Smith died the next day found him wounds.

The suspect fled the scene but was found deceased the next day following a SWAT raid of a local residence.

Officer Smarr was a U.S Marine Corps veteran had 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.

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Public Safety Officer Jody Carl Smith
Georgia Southwestern State University Department of Public Safety, Georgia
End of Watch: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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