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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- A rookie police officer responding to a domestic violence call in suburban Dallas was shot to death trying to protect an 11-year-old girl from her mother's gun-wielding ex-boyfriend, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by whaaa
I'm glad the child is safe, but I am disappointed that the officer was not able to protect herself and the mother. It seems like having a police officer in your apartment at the time your ex shows up to kill you should be a pretty good way to stay safe, but I guess not. I hate to second-guess the skills of the officer, but why move toward the child instead of killing the suspect? How did a known armed assailant get into the room without the officer drawing a gun?
Tragic and Sad, but seems preventable?
Edit to add:
This isn't to spin the story in a negative light. It is nice to hear when there are police out there attempting to protect people. I have a thread up where a friend of the family was killed while on duty a couple of weeks ago. Most cops are good guys, and they are in constant danger, and if anything, they probably don't use enough force sometimes and they pay the price for it.edit on 30-12-2010 by getreadyalready because: (no reason given)edit on 30-12-2010 by getreadyalready because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by ldyserenity
Police are under far too much scrutiny. They are not lawyers, and they are expected to make the most difficult decisions under the most stressful circumstances, and then criticized either way after the fact. It takes a team of lawyers, judges, and jurors to decide if their actions were appropriate or not, but we expect them to make those difficult decisions in split seconds under incredible pressure.
Arlington police officials said Smith, who had been an officer since February, was responding to a routine domestic violence call that didn't include an indication that Nettles was in the area or had a gun. Under those circumstances, the call required only one officer, the officials said.
"From what we know, that type of call would be a low priority," Chief Theron Bowman said.
Arlington Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Tour of Duty: 10 months
Badge Number: 2650
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Committed Suicide
Police Officer Jillian Smith was shot and killed after responding to an apartment for a report of a domestic dispute.
Officer Smith responded to a call of a domestic dispute between a husband and wife. When she arrived, the husband had already left the apartment. Officer Smith was inside the apartment taking a report from the female victim when her husband returned.
As the husband opened fire Officer Smith positioned herself to shield the woman's 11-year-old daughter, saving the girl but receiving fatal gunshot wounds. The man then chased his wife to a bedroom where he murdered her before killing himself.
Officer Smith had served with the Arlington Police Department for 10 months and had finished her field training 15 days prior to her murder.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
If I had to guess it wasn't the cop in her that covered the child. It was the mother.
Nettles was arrested by Arlington police in September for allegedly assaulting Carter's sister and her mother, Richard said. He was out on $5,000 bail, and his case was still pending
he was a registered sex offender
Nettles had convictions for rape of a child, domestic violence, burglary, failure to register as a sex offender and possession of a firearm.
Originally posted by brill
Can't really say I shed tears for cops, part of the job. If they don't like it or find the pressures too hard then quit. The problem I see is that too many cops extend their powers and change the laws to suite their needs. They are only there to enforce the law, not interpret it nor create it.
That said this is a tragedy.