Arlington Police Officer Killed In Triple Shooting

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with the Arlington Police Department announced on Wednesday that 24-year-old officer Jillian Michelle Smith was shot and killed on Tuesday night while trying to protect an 11-year-old child during a triple shooting at an apartment complex.

The shooting incident happened at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. According to police spokeswoman Tiara Richard, Smith had responded to a domestic assault call at the Arbrook Park Apartment Complex, located in the 4600 block of Nandina Road – Interstate-20 and Collins Street. Shortly afterward, another call reported a shooting at the same complex.

When additional authorities arrived on the scene, they found Officer Smith, 29-year-old Kimberly DeShay Carter and 38-year-old Barnes Samuel Nettles all dead inside of an apartment unit.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner said on Wednesday that Nettles died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and that Carter’s cause of death was homicide. Later, in a news conference, Richard said that Nettles was no longer at the apartment unit when Smith arrived on the scene. But he returned with a weapon while the officer was talking to Carter and her 11-year-old daughter, who was inside of the apartment unit at the time of the shooting.

Nettles began to fire shots and Smith moved to protect the young girl, getting struck by a bullet and killed in the process.

According to the police, Nettles then shot Carter, his ex-girlfriend, in a bedroom while the 11-year-old child escaped to a neighboring apartment unit. Nettles then returned to the living room where he shot himself. The 11-year-old girl is now staying with other family members.


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Arlington police officer Jillian Smith was killed in the line of duty on December 28, 2010 after a shooting at an Arlington apartment complex. (credit: Arlington Police Department)

Smith was just a rookie with the Arlington Police Department. Born in Arlington, she became interested in law enforcement during the sixth grade, the department said. She graduated from Seguin High School in 2005 and the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a minor in Sociology. She then graduated from the Arlington Police Academy in February and had just completed her field training on December 13 of this year.

Smith was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Chuch in Arlington, where her father is a deacon. “She was an excellent person,” said church member Ed Dillion. “She was an excellent police officer, and whatever she could do to benefit mankind, that’s what she’s done.”

A candlelight vigil has been planned for Smith at Mount Olive Baptist Church (301 West Sanford Street) on Monday, January 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The wake will then be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Smith’s funeral scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 4.


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Barnes Nettles is believed to have shot Arlington officer Jillian Smith and his ex-girlfriend before turning the gun on himself on December 28, 2010. (credit: Arlington Police Department)

According to documents obtained from the Washington State Patrol Criminal Records Division, Nettles was convicted of raping a child in 1997 and was sentenced to 15 months in prison. He was also required to perform two years of community supervision.

Also in Washington, an unnamed victim – another one of Nettles’ ex-girlfriends – filed a domestic violence complaint against him in 2003. During this instance, Nettles reportedly placed a gun to her temple and told her, “I don’t care about nothing. I will kill you and kill myself, too,” according to the Kings County Sheriff’s Office.

Later in the year, Nettles and that same victim got into an argument. Nettles picked her up and shoved her into a wall, hitting her elbow so hard that it bled. According to the incident report, the victim asked Nettles, “If you love me, why do you hit me?” The victim said that Nettles then rolled over and started to cry, part of his cycle from violence to anguish, weeping and apologizing for his abusive outbursts.

The victim said that she was “terrified” of the Nettles, and never knew if he was carrying a weapon. In the report, the victim said that she never reported previous incidents because Nettles had always threatened to respond by killing her or himself.

In total, Nettles has also been charged with assault or domestic violence four times, and had other charges pinned to him including reckless driving and burglary.

In 2008, Nettles was found guilty of failing to register as a sex offender. During that same year – in Ruston, Washington – Nettles was charged with animal cruelty after throwing a Yorkshire Terrier puppy from a second floor balcony as a way of getting back at his girlfriend. The puppy survived the fall.

Nettles and Carter reportedly first met in Tacoma, Washington. “They had problems there,” said Carter’s 43-year-old stepmother, Leah Richardson, during a statement made in September of this year. “So me and my husband begged her to come live here. She insisted on bringing him, saying that he had changed.”

But the beatings soon started again, Richardson said. Nettles repeatedly threatened Carter’s life, saying that he was “going to do something to her, ’cause he was tired of her calling and texting him,” Richardson said. “He also then told my daughter that he would kill herfamily ’cause he had nothing to lose.”

Richardson had reported Nettles to the Mansfield Police Department, where she lives.

And then, in September, Nettles was arrested in Arlington for an assault incident involving Richardson and Carter’s 20-year-old sister, Candace Washington. According to Richardson’s statement, Nettles grabbed her by the neck and told her he was going to kill her, her family and her husband.


It is rare to hear about female police officers being killed in the line of duty. Not including Tuesday evening’s tragedy, just 237 female officers have died throughout American history. The last to die in North Texas was Cockrell Hill Officer Tiffany Hickey in 1999. The 20-year-old crashed her vehicle during a police chase and died six days later. She had been on the job for just one month.

“Anytime you lose an officer who’s working in the line of duty, or not in the line of duty, it’s hard on the department. It’s hard on the city as a whole,” Richard said Tuesday evening. “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,” Richard continued, “especially during this time of year.”

This is now the eighth Arlington police officer to be killed and the second to die in 2010. Back in January, Officer Craig Story died when his motorcycle slammed into the side of a school bus and caught on fire at the intersection of West Inwood Drive and South Cooper Street. Story was a seven-year veteran of the Arlington Police Department.

Randle Meadows Of The Arlington Police Association:

Texas also leads the nation in police officers who have died in the line of duty this year. Data released by the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund shows that 18 officers, excluding Tuesday night’s tragedy, have died while on the job across the state of Texas. A total of about 160 officers died nationwide this year. That represents a 37 percent increase over last year.

“It’s a tragic situation,” said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck on Tuesday. “Our hearts are broken tonight.”

Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck:

You can visit Officer Smith’s section of The Officer Down Memorial Page to see more about her career and leave your own personal reflections. Donations to the family of Officer Smith can be made through the Arlington Police Association.


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Kimberly DeShay Carter was killed during a triple shooting in Arlington on December 28, 2010. (credit: Leah Richardson)

The initial call was classified as Priority 3 — a low-risk assignment that typically involves taking a report and requires just one officer. It is “standard practice across the industry, and the procedures were followed,” said Arlington Police Chief Theron Bowman. “This is a low-priority call. It was Priority 3 out of a 1-2-3 priority system. So, yes, we would expect one officer to hand a call of this nature.”

Some people, however, are hoping that this incident will alert authorities to the dangerous possibilities that come with answering any report as a police officer. “Every agency all across the country ought to take this as a wake-up call,” said Preston Gilstrap, president of the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas. “Even if we have to strain our manpower, it’s better to send two or more officers to domestic violance calls.”

Alex del Carment, the Criminology Department Chairman at the University of Texas at Arlington, where Smith attended college, admits that sending multiple officers to each call may not be a realistic possibility. “I think if you talk to most of the police chiefs in the U.S., they would agree. They would to have two officers respond to any call, regardless of the nature of the call they respond to,” he said. “However, that’s not feasible.”

Bowman said that the Arlington Police Association will continue to investigate the situation and reconsider how Priority 3 calls are handled.


One Comment

  1. Victoria Lynn Strickland says:

    My prayers go out to the Arlington PD and the family of the officer killed. My prayers also go to the families of the other two people killed, such a waste.

  2. Mary says:

    May God be with you and somehow only as God can, hold you tight and give you comfort. Such a tragic loss. Bless all the Officer’s that protect us each and every day.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    God Bless You

  3. Mary says:

    God be with Arlington PD and all the families of Officers. Thank you for all you do, we never forget, and tonight while watching the news. My heart just broke when I heard then news.
    God Bless and be with you all



  5. Law Enforcement Wife says:

    My heart breaks hearing the tragic news of this Officer’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with Arlington PD and the family of this Officer. May God give you all strength in this time of grieving. God bless the law enforcement Officers who put their lives on the line daily for those citizens they serve. May God hold each of you in His arms and bless and protect you.

  6. Washingtonian says:

    If this truly is a probationary status officer, why in the world would you send a rookie ALONE out to a domestic violence call?!!!!!! Scary. Whatever the case may be, God rest this Officer’s soul for sacrificing her life in an attempt to save lives.

    1. Batman says:

      It was not an active domestic violence call… When the victim called her abuser had left the premisis and she just wanted to report the violence. In essence the officer was being sent out to do clerical work in what according to the complaintents phome call was a matter that was done and over with. APD officers never ever respond to active domestic violence calls with out back up.

      1. lala says:

        I agree why would you send a woman to a domestic violence case by herself with no back up. No this is not right and we believe it was somwthing wlse invovled it should have been someone else with her and APD is going to have to answer that question and I do not believe they have the right lie just yet I live in these apartments and I really hope someone has some answers soon .

    2. Yvette says:

      I agree with your comments, why was she by herself, since she was a rookie.

      this is not right. what really happen????

      1. kjs says:

        Officer Smith was ‘sent by herself’ because she is a certified texas peace officer who had completed her probationary period on Dec 13th. She was sent to take a report. Report calls are dispatched to one police unit because it is a waste of manpower and tax dollars to send two officers on a report call.
        Unfortunatly, this call turned into a priority one call in a matter of a split second.
        As a female police officer in a large city in north Texas for over TWENTY FIVE years, I am appaled that anyone would question Officer Smith’s ability to do her job or infer that her gender would cause her to need to be ‘baby sat’ on every police call she was dispatched on.

        May light perpetutual shine upon her. Amen.

  7. MK Taylor says:

    God comfort and bless the family of the fallen officer, and may you find strength to know God holds you close. Your loved is a Hero who tried to make a difference for others. It is a very sad day for the Arlington PD and beyond heartbreaking for the family of this fallen Hero. Any officer who is committed to making a difference in their community takes risks in their call of duty. Their Courage, Commitment, Unselfishness, and Sacrifice are not just another day at work. Little do many realize they go above and beyond to protect and serve. For those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, they hold the highest honor for their sacrifice.

  8. Vince says:

    God bless the family and police family of the officer that has made the ultimate sacrifice. As a police officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, I understand the pain and tragedy of this incident. God Bless.

  9. Dana Carter says:

    Jill was such a wonderful young lady. She was raised at Mount Olive Baptist Church and loved dearly by everyone. Our prayers are with her family.

    1. 80s Chick says:

      May God also be with her Church Family during this difficult time. I know that He is with her family and that He hears all of your prayers.

    2. lovetheLord says:

      Yes she was…we will miss her

      1. 80s Chick says:

        I understand that her father is a deacon at the church. You all have suffered such a terrible loss. I hope that in your grief you see Jill the HERO, and Jill the CHILD OF GOD, and not just Jill, the police officer, or Jill, the deceased. She saved the life of a little girl. What a wonderful gift. A blessing. This child survived a horrific event, and an almost certain death. God moved his hand, and placed Jill in that child’s path. How I wish that Father had spared Jill also. My thoughts and prayers remain with her family, church family, friends, colleagues, as well as with Ms. Carters loved ones.

  10. Sandra says:

    May God bless us during these turbulent times. Since Officer Smith gave her life doing what she has always wanted to do, I am sure God has put her on his force in heaven. Good Luck and God Bless.

  11. silver dragon says:

    I hope people quit complaining about officers pulling their guns. If they hesitate they are dead. Everyday the police never know if they will return home.

  12. emmanuel Agwaife says:

    Emmanuel Agwaife
    My prayers go out to the Arlington PD and the family of the officer killed

  13. michael says:

    This is a result of the Texas Justice System and how they go about prosecuting domestic violence claims against men. I was WRONGFULLY CONVICTED by this system and I can NAME NAMES who KNEW FULL WELL that I was Not Only Not Guilty but the actual victim of the Domestic Violence committed against me.

    I did what I needed to do – resolve the matter according to the law – and I left the state. It is the ONLY conviction I have on my slate.

    1. 80s Chick says:

      So what are you saying? That this turned out in your favor? I hope I am misunderstanding you.

    2. Steve says:

      Wow. What in the world does this tragic event have to do with your conviction. Considering the brain dead comment you left, it sounds only reasonable that you also assault women. You are no victim.

  14. 80s Chick says:

    I knew this creep’s name. He was a registered sex offender in my zip code and I was wary of him being so close to our neighborhood. God is the Judge, but I hope that I don’t have to spend an eternity with someone like BARNES. Sorry for his family, but when someone likes to rape little children and KILL people, I really don’t think they are going to the same place we are.
    RIP, brave, brave Officer Smith. She gave her life for an innocent child. She took a bullet so the eleven-year-old could live. I don’t know this young woman, but I am sure that she would like to be remembered for her heroic act. May God bless and comfort Officer Smith’s family. Her parents must be in so much pain right now. I pray that God wraps his comforting arms around them and brings them some measure of peace. I pray the same for the young mother whose life was taken by an unauthorized source. I hope everyone rallies around the young girl who saw the officer killed, and heard the shots that took her precious mother’s life. I really can’t say too much for BARNES. Face God, you bast@rd! God is righteous and He will fix his wagon. Praise the Lord.

  15. lovetheLord says:

    I knew this young lady and her family. She was very sweet and will be truly missed.

  16. Amber says:

    I knew jill we were friends all through high school she was one of the best friends a person could ask for she will always be in our prayers

  17. malcolm pope says:

    my prayers are with both familys

  18. Bob Bransford says:

    “No man knows a greater love than this, that one lay down his live for his friends.” Thank you to the officer and all of the Arlington Police Department for being heroes in the true definition of the word.

  19. Deacon Parmes says:

    Deacon Parmes
    Just reading the legacy of this young lady, she had to be a child of God, hold on to your Faith Family and look for the healing of God, because he never makes any mistakes, she is hie child, when prayers go up blessings come down, I will keep praying for the Family (God be with your Family)

  20. Deacon Parmes says:

    Deacon Parmes
    She is His Child

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  22. Tawanna says:

    May God continue to bless, comfort and give some measure of peace for each and every family member containing this incident. But we all must remember that everything according to GODS purpose works together for good and that he makes no mistakes. It was a very tragic and heroic incident….thank JILLIAN because OBEDIENCE IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE….the Lord called and she answered…im sure she wouldnt have wanted it any other way…

  23. Glen Mcbeth says:

    A lot of articles about this sad story.

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