Fallen Georgia officer's grave vandalized; 4 arrested for trespassing

Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr. (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

AMERICUS, Ga. (WGXA) - Four young people were arrested Wednesday for allegedly trespassing at the gravesite of an Americus police officer who was killed late last year.

According to the Americus Police Department, Nicholas Smarr's family installed a surveillance camera at the gravesite at Oak Grove Cemetery after it was vandalized last week.

The police department arrested a 17-year-old and three juveniles and charged them with criminal trespass. The three juveniles were charged with curfew violations and two of them were charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Maj. Herman Lamar with the Americus Police Department said that all four were charged with criminal trespass for being at the gravesite after midnight. He said that only the 17-year-old was seen walking, standing and spitting on the grave.

There is no indication that the four individuals have been or will be charged with vandalism.

Smarr was killed on Dec. 7, 2016 when he was shot while responding to a call of a domestic disturbance near the Georgia Southwestern State University campus in Americus.

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