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Public Safety Officer Jody Carl Smith | Georgia Southwestern State University Department of Public Safety, Georgia Georgia Southwestern State University Department of Public Safety, Georgia

Public Safety Officer

Jody Carl Smith

Georgia Southwestern State University Department of Public Safety, Georgia

End of Watch: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/7/2016

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Public Safety Officer Jody Smith and Police Officer Nicholas Smarr, of the Americus Police Department, 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.

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 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 next day following a SWAT raid of a local residence.

Officer Smith was survived by his fiancee.

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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Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr
Americus Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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When I think of you, a few words come to mind: compassion and selflessness. I knew you for only a short while, but that's all any of us really have here on God's Earth. You are one of the people that make us truly better for having known someone like you. I still remember when you called me "Uncle Richard" when you visited with us years ago. Unconditional love is what you offered the world, and know that it continues to return to you even on this day.

Son, you will not be forgotten and while you are no doubt with Father God, no longer worried with the meanness of this world, a part of you will continue to live here in all of us that knew you, as well as your brothers that continue to serve.

Thank you for being you and to all the families and friends that have lost someone serving to protect us, thank you. I don't know you all, but may Father God continue to watch over and keep you and your families.

Dr. Richard Tatum
January 20, 2017


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