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This POS should have got the needle for the child rape...

By ERIC AASEN, TANYA EISERER & TOM BENNING / The Dallas Morning News

Arlington police officer Jillian Smith was shot to death Tuesday night while trying to protect an 11-year-old girl whose mother was involved in a domestic dispute, police said this morning at a press conference.

Smith, 24, had been dispatched about 7:30 p.m. to take a domestic violence report at the Arbrook Park Apartments in the 3800 block of Mahonia Way, near Interstate 20 and Collins Street.

When she arrived, she encountered Kimberly Deshay Carter, 29, and her daughter. Minutes later, the suspect, Barnes Samuel Nettles, 38, arrived at the apartment with a gun. As he began shooting, Officer Smith moved toward the girl to cover her, Arlington police said.

Nettles fatally shot Smith. The young girl escaped.

Nettles approached a bedroom and fatally shot Carter. He then went into the living room and fatally shot himself.

By 7:50 p.m. Arlington officers responded to the shooting at the scene.

"Any time you lose an officer ... it's hard on the department, it's hard on the city as a whole," police spokeswoman Tiara Ellis Richard said. "These are people who, day in and day out, they go out and do their job, and they're doing it to protect citizens here. It's a hard loss for anyone, especially during this time of year."

Nettles had a lengthy criminal history, including prior incidents with Carter's family.

Police arrested Nettles in September after he allegedly assaulted Carter's mother, Leah Richardson, and sister, Candace Washington, at the Arlington apartment.

Nettles and Carter were dating at the time, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. But Richardson wanted Carter to end the relationship after discovering Nettles was a sex offender, the document said.

When Nettles saw Richardson and Washington leave the apartment on Sept. 14, he ran up the stairs and tried to choke Richardson, the affidavit said.

Richardson told police that Nettles tried to throw her over the railing of the stairs and that he threatened to kill her and her husband.

Nettles hit Richardson, causing injury to her hand and wrist, before she managed to push him away, the affidavit said. Washington also received injuries in the scuffle, according to the document.

There was also a call to the apartment in August regarding a threat.

Nettles had prior convictions for rape of a child, domestic violence assault, burglary and failure to register as a sex offender, police documents said.

In 1997, Nettles pled guilty and was convicted of second degree rape of a child in Tacoma, Washington. No details were available about the offense but court records note that it is defined as a “kidnapping offense.” In 2008, he was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Washington State. In June 2010, he was released from supervision by the department of corrections though he was still required to register as a sex offender. He registered as a sex offender in Arlington on Aug. 17, according to Richard.

According to Washington state records, Nettles also has a 1995 conviction for attempted burglary. He also has misdemeanor arrests in driving without a license, assault and reckless driving.

Today, Arlington police are awaiting ballistics tests and autopsy results from the medical examiner’s office. Police don’t know if Smith had the chance to fire any shots.

The 11-year-old is staying with family, officials said.

Officer Smith was an Arlington native and attended Arlington schools, graduating from Seguin High in 2005.

Smith first became interested in law enforcement in the sixth grade when she participated in her school’s DARE program, where police officers work with students to teach them ways to resist peer pressure and avoid drugs and violence.

Arlington Police Chief Theron Bowman called Smith’s death a “great loss” and “great tragedy.”

“Since sixth grade, Jillian has purposefully made choices and decisions in her life that would allow her to accomplish her goal of becoming a police officer,” Bowman said.

Smith graduated from UT Arlington in 2009 with a criminology degree.

Smith made it clear early in her college career that her dream was to be a police officer, UTA criminology department chair Alex del Carmen said. He called Smith’s death “devastating.”

"She was interested in helping others," del Carmen said, recounting their conversations. "She wanted to serve. She wanted to protect."

Smith was a diligent student who was courteous, charismatic and who had a constant smile on her face, del Carmen said.

"Out of the roughly 600 students we have at the undergraduate level in our department, she was someone that stood out," he said.

She graduated from the Arlington Police Academy in February and had completed her field training just two weeks ago.

Arlington mayor Robert Cluck recalled meeting Smith during a police ceremony.

“You could tell she had just achieved what she had been working for for a very long period of time,” he said. “She was indeed living her dream. ... We feel like our heart has been broken with the loss of her.”

Friends describe her as easy-going and down to earth with a good sense of humor. She had attended Mount Olive Baptist Church since she was a child.

This is the second line-of-duty death of an Arlington officer this year. Officer Craig Story, 34, a motorcycle officer and seven-year veteran, died in January in a crash with a school bus on South Cooper Street near West Inwood Drive.

On Wednesday morning, a holiday wreath covered the third floor apartment door where Smith died.

"I saw the cruisers arrive and officers running around with assault rifles," said Julian Howard, a resident at the Arbrook Park Apartments.

"I didn't hear gunshots but I heard a lot of arguing," said Jacob Peters, another apartment resident. "It sounded like people running up and down the stairs and a lot of stomping."

"I heard them arguing. She told him to get out," neighbor Natalia Melendez said. "They had been arguing for a while."

Melendez said her boyfriend subsequently heard two loud thuds but does not know if they were gunshots. Police came to her door around 8:30 pm, two hours after she reported hearing the arguing.

"It's very strange. It's hard to swallow that something will happen across the hall."

No one was at Nettles' home Wednesday afternoon on Sherry Road in Arlington. The front porch light was still on, and the door was wrapped to look like a Christmas present.

At the duplex next door, James and Jennifer Love said they were stunned to learn of the apparent murder suicide.

"This hits home deep," James Love said. "I'd never seen the ugly side of him."

They said Nettles had mentioned some problems with his girlfriend. And a couple months ago, Nettles told James Love that he suspected Carter was involved with his truck's windshield getting busted up.

But the Loves said the disputes never seemed that serious and that there were no signs of physical altercations. Just a week ago, they said, Carter came over with a friend and Nettles happily washed and detailed their cars.

"You would've never known something was wrong," James Love said.

Beyond that, the Loves said they had come to know Nettles in the four or five months since he moved into the neighborhood as a "caring" and "sweet" man.

They said Nettles was enthusiastic about his job as a construction worker and that he doted on his two young sons, who recently moved back to Washington.

The couple said Nettles watched out for Jennifer Love when her husband was out of town and that he gave the Loves' children new clothes and shoes.

"The man we're seeing on TV is not the man we knew," Jennifer Love said.

Staff Writer Richard Abshire contributed to this report.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcon...tories/122910dnmetofficerkilled.5e696746.html
 

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Saw this on the news this morning. Truly tragic. Not sure why a rookie two weeks out of training would be sent on a disturbance call by herself.
 

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Saw this on the news this Not morning. Truly tragic. Not sure why a rookie two weeks out of training would be sent on a disturbance call by herself.
:agree: :agree: :agree: :agree: :agree:

The problem is, a lot of female LEO's don't want to appear weak and thus, will not call for backup when tactically that would be the wise thing to do. Such a shame.
 

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Beyond that, the Loves said they had come to know Nettles in the four or five months since he moved into the neighborhood as a "caring" and "sweet" man.

They said Nettles was enthusiastic about his job as a construction worker and that he doted on his two young sons, who recently moved back to Washington.

The couple said Nettles watched out for Jennifer Love when her husband was out of town and that he gave the Loves' children new clothes and shoes.
I hope they go the extra mile to do some follow up interviews with these kids. It is quite possble this piece of **** "touched" their lives in one way or another. :down:

It is a damn shame that a rookie officer lost her life. I would be interested in knowing the complete rundown of events. I am not quite sure what they mean by "protecting" the eleven year old. I sure hope it was not a case of maternal instinct kicking in and she shielded her. The best protection would have been two rounds center mass and repeat as neccesary.

I am not trying to armchair quarterback, it is just weird wording in the article and a cop that "wants to help people" always throws up a red flag to me.

Either way, it's a tragedy.

RIP
 

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:agree: :agree: :agree: :agree: :agree:

The problem is, a lot of female LEO's don't want to appear weak and thus, will not call for backup when tactically that would be the wise thing to do. Such a shame.
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Other factors, probably a pretty slow night, more experienced officers getting some time off preparing for a busy weekend, back-up may not have had a chance to get there before things went south. It really sucks..
 

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This is absolutely terrible. RIP Officer.

The news being reported is that the call was a low priority call where the caller reported that the person (the killer) had already left the scene and there was no immediate danger. Hence the reason for her responding alone.

It sounds like there wasn't any time for calling for backup by the time the incident occurred. It sounds to me like she was just doing her job.

God bless her and her family.
 

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Also, the officer was only two weeks out of her rookie training. Doesn't seem like the right person to send to a domestic disturbance alone. Apparently she had wanted to be a police officer since 6th grade and had graduated from the Univ. of TX at Arlington (my Alma Mater) with a criminal justice degree before hiring on with Arlington PD. Her long term goal was to be a detective or possibly try to get on with the FBI. It's insane that lives of good people like this get cut short by someone who has a moment of anger.
 

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:agree:

Domestics are anything but routine. Those calls can go haywire any second after you get there.
 
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