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Six Georgia Police Officers Shot In Six Days, Two Dead

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Six police officers in Georgia have been shot in six days, with two dead from gunshot wounds.

Police officers Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith of the Americus Police Department in southwest Georgia were gunned down during a domestic disturbance call, reported CNN. The suspect, Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, shot himself after evading capture for a day.

Smarr and Smith had been friends since childhood, according to Smarr's uncle, Michael E. Waters.

"They were like brothers," he said. "That was the kind of relationship they had."

Four other police officers were shot, but are expected to recover.

Two police officers from the Lavonia Police Department in northeast Georgia were shot during a traffic stop.

The suspect, 22-year-old Khari Anthony Dashaun Gordon, was arrested after police found him in the woods about two miles from the crime scene, according to WSPA.

Gordon, who was out on bail for an attempted murder charge at the time of the shooting, will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The officers suffered minor injuries and are expected to recover.

And in Crawford County, located in Central Georgia near Macon, police officers James Wynn and William Patterson, who are members of the local drug task force, were shot during a drug raid after they barged into the suspect's home.

“No one came to the door, so they made entry, and as soon as they made it inside, one of the occupants started shooting,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge J.T. Ricketson, reported The Telegraph in Macon.

The suspect, whose name had not been released as of Dec. 13, was shot dead at the scene.

The officers suffered upper arm wounds are are “expected to make a full recovery,” said Ricketson.

Sources: CNN, WSPA, The Telegraph / Photo credit: Richard Eliot/Twitter

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