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First-Year Texas Cop Killed Investigating Domestic Assault

December 29, 2010  | 

Arlington Police Officer Jillian Michelle Smith was fatally shot while investigating a domestic assault. Photo courtesy of Arlington PD.

An Arlington (Texas) Police officer shot and killed investigating a domestic dispute Tuesday evening was found dead with the two people at the center of the dispute, according to the agency.

Officer Jillian Michelle Smith, 24, was sent to take a report on a domestic assault at 7:30 p.m. and given information that the suspect was not at the scene, spokeswoman Tiara Richard tells POLICE Magazine.

Officers responding to a shots-fired call at about 8 p.m. found Officer Smith dead at the Arbrook Park Apartments near Interstate 20 and Collins Street.

Smith was taking the report from Kimberly Deshay Carter, 29, when Barnes Samuel Nettles, 38, returned to the apartment, shot Carter and the officer, and then took his own life. Nettles was a registered sex offender.

Officer Smith had finished her field training Dec. 13, after graduating from the police academy in February. She earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009.

The agency has about 660 sworn officers, and Officer Smith is the eighth line-of-duty death in the agency's history.

Comments (5)

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Long Gun @ 12/29/2010 6:46 PM

What a sad waste of such a promising officer. 24 years old. I think how many tmes have I been on that same set of circumstances. Fresh out of FTO, she had little exposure to the real world. Makes me sick.

God bless Officer Smith.

PHK 3 @ 12/29/2010 7:43 PM

My heart goes out to her family, her friends, and all her fellow officers. An absolute tragedy. Go with God Officer Smith.

mattclinard @ 12/29/2010 7:45 PM

Rest in peace Officer Smith. A young Officer who died doing what we all love to do, protect and serve. It may be easy to say she was a “rookie”. It may be easy to say because of her age she may have not seen the signs. It may be easy to say because she was a female Officer she didn’t see the signs.

I have been a LEO for almost 18 years. Domestic disturbances are THE most volatile situations we can face.

WAKE UP!! Domestic situations can get you killed. Officer Smith’s age, gender, or time on the job had nothing to do with the inherent dangers of domestic violence.

Any of us could have been standing where she stood when she was shot.

I got this story across my smart phone. It hurt me after reading the story about a “Texas Man Kills Rookie Officer, Wife, Self”

Any one of us could have been there in her place. Please keep her family in your prays.

kbouzianis @ 12/30/2010 2:04 PM

I am sick to my stomach to hear about Off. Smith. It is ashame that a young officer had to feel the wrath of an insane person like that. My heart goes out to her family. I can't imagine what they must be going through. It is a real tragedy. I will keep your family in my prayers. God Bless.

Deadman @ 1/4/2011 1:37 PM

Another officer should have been sent as back-up and or assistance,because every officer knows how fast the crap can hit the fan,especially in a domestic situation.If it was bad enough to warrant a report,it was bad enough to warrant a second officer,instead,3 people are dead,two of which didn't have to be.You have a problem with rookies in that they are either too reluctant to draw their weapon and try to calm the situation,they can't read the signs needed for escalation in use of force or draw and shoot too soon.

All too often,the F.T.O. program is set up to protect the department and not the officer,was toe FTO a political appointee,did he turn in reports to satisfy the brass,was the training program set up to provide lessons in reports and procedure instead of protecting the officer and citizens.The city and department probably owe her family and the victims family lots of money because of gross negligence,imprper training,inadequate training,LOTS OF MONEY!

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