Funeral held in Americus for fallen GSW police officer

- Funeral services took place Wednesday for a Georgia police officer killed in the line of duty last week.

Georgia Southwestern State University campus Officer Jody Smith, 25, was responding to a domestic dispute Wednesday when he and Americus Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr were fired on.

Officer Smarr was killed and Officer Smith was taken to a hospital where he later passed away. Both men had been officers since 2012.

Smith's funeral was held at the Georgia Southwestern State University Storm Dome. It was followed by a campus tribute at the corner of Glessner Street and GSW State University Drive.

Last week, Officer Smith's father, Johnny Smith, said on Facebook his son was not only a brave hero in life, but also in death.

"Not only did my son sacrifice his life for the people, community, state and country he loved," Smith said. "He chose to be an organ donor."

Smith said his son's sacrifice may save the lives of as many as seven people. 

"You are still making me proud," his father said. "You are my hero!"

Services for Smarr were held on Sunday in Americus, about 140 miles south of Atlanta.

Suspected shooter Minguell Lembrick was found dead Thursday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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