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6 Cops Shot in 6 Days in Georgia

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Officers line up shortly before the casket of Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr is carried into the Georgia Southwestern State University Storm Dome, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Americus, Ga. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016 01:27 PM

Six cops have been shot in six days in Georgia, with two of them dying.

On Dec. 7, Americus Police officer Nick Smarr, 25, and Georgia Southwestern State University officer Jody Smith, 26, were killed when they were allegedly shot by Minquell Kennedy Lembrick while responding to a domestic incident, WXIA-TV reported.

Smarr died at the scene, an apartment complex next to Griffin Bell Golf Course near the university, and Smith died from his wounds a day later at the Medical Center Navicent Health in Macon, the station reported.

After a manhunt, Lembrick was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Dec. 8, the station noted.

On Monday, two Byron, Georgia, police officers – William Patterson and James Wynn – were wounded after exchanging gunfire with a suspect during a drug raid in central Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. A man was shot and killed in the firefight, which happened about 2:10 a.m., J.T. Ricketson, a spokesman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations told the newspaper.

The Journal-Constitution said that the officers were part of an eight-man, multi-agency drug task force team serving a search warrant in Fort Valley, Georgia. After knocking down the rear door after not receiving an initial response, an occupant reportedly fired on the team, striking two of the officers, the newspaper noted. Officers allegedly fired back, killing the occupant, who has not been named.

Wynn underwent surgery for his injuries, and Patterson was reportedly treated and released at Navicent Health in Macon.

Monday night, two Lavonia, Georgia, officers were shot during a traffic stop in a restaurant parking lot near Interstate 85, WSB-TV reported. Capt. Michael Schulma and Officer Jeffery Martin were taken to a hospital for treatment and expected to survive, the television station noted.

The officers stopped a vehicle driven by Khari Anthony Dashaun Gordon, 22, of Greenville, South Carolina and determined that it was stolen, WSB-TV reported. Gordon allegedly shot both officers when they approached to arrest him, Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent-in-charge Mike Ayers said, according to the television station.

Authorities took Gordon into custody late Monday night and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, according to WSB-TV. 

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