Governor orders flags at half-staff for slain Americus officer

Nicholas Smarr (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Nicholas Smarr (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered flags flown at half-staff at the Capitol building and grounds until sunset Sunday in honor of slain Americus police Officer Nicholas Smarr, according to a Twitter post.

Deal also tweeted that he will issue a similar order when funeral arrangements are made for slain Georgia Southwestern State University Officer Jody Smith.

Funeral services will be Sunday in Americus for Smarr, who was shot to death in the line of duty this week, according to a funeral home announcement.

Services will be at 2 p.m. in the Georgia Southwestern State University Storm Dome, the announcement said. Mark Scott, Americus police chief, will be one of the people officiating.

Smarr, who was 25, and Smith, who was 26, were shot Wednesday after they answered a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex. Smarr died on the scene, and Smith, his longtime friend, died Thursday at a Macon hospital.

The man police say shot both officers, Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Smarr will be buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Americus, according to the announcement.

No funeral plans have been announced for Smith, but a prayer vigil in honor of both men will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the front entrance of the Wheatley Administration Building at Georgia Southwestern, the school announced.