According to Arlington city officials, Officer Jillian Michelle Smith's last call of her life was on Tuesday night for domestic violence at the Arbrook Park Apartments in the southeast portion of the Texas city. That's where she met Barnes Samuel Nettles, Kimberly Deshay Carter and an an 11-year-old girl. By the end of the night, only one of them would be alive.
The Seattle Timesreports that Smith, 24, had been on the Arlington Police force for a scant 10 months when she got a routine call for domestic violence late Tuesday. And with no reports of a dangerous person living there or a weapon of any kind, Smith investigated alone.
Carter, a 29-year-old woman, was there with her daughter and invited the officer in so she could file a report about her boyfriend Nettles assaulting her.
That's when Nettles came back.
Officer Jillian Michelle Smith was 24-years-old and had been on the force 10 months.
City officials say he burst into the house with a gun and immediately shot Smith while, apparently, she was trying to shield the 11-year-old girl.
Next, he went back into one of the house's bedrooms and shot Carter.
Finally, back in the living room now, he turned the gun on himself.
The young girl escaped the violence, though will undoubtedly never the forget the images she saw.
As for Nettles--the dead man seemingly behind it all--he's a Washington felon with three kids; an unemployed sheet metal and construction worker from Tacoma, he'd supposedly come to Texas to find some work.
He's a sex offender registered in Texas for a child rape conviction from Tacoma. The APlists his extended rap sheet as including: domestic violence, burglary, failure to register as a sex offender and possession of a firearm.
The Times also reports that Nettles was arrested for assaulting Carter and her mother back in September and was out of jail on bond at the time of the alleged massacre.
The Arlington Star-Telegram has a profile on Smith here and more about Nettles' past here.