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Source: Chron.com AP Texas News
December 31, 2010
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.
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, she said.
The arrest warrant affidavit said the alleged assaults were precipitated by Carter's mother refusing to allow her daughter to date Nettles after learning he was a registered sex offender.
According to the affidavit, Carter's mother claimed Nettles tried to choke her and throw her over a railing. She said Nettles threatened to kill her and her husband.
The affidavit, prepared by an Arlington police detective on Sept. 16, said Nettles had convictions for rape of a child, domestic violence, burglary, failure to register as a sex offender and possession of a firearm.
Richard said Nettles registered as a sex offender in Arlington in August for an offense that occurred in Washington state.
This Has Bothered Me From the Moment I Received the ODMP Alert for This Young Officer.
HOW could they have sent any officer, let alone, someone on the job only 10 months and only 15 days post-Field Training to a Domestic call? I'm retired non-sworn Federal Corrections, and I know better than that. Domestic call responses should ALWAYS have backup with them, because they can change from name-calling to violence, in a heartbeat.
Officer's death prompts police procedures review
© 2010 The Associated Press
Dec. 31, 2010, 7:55AM
ARLINGTON, Texas — A suburban Dallas-area police chief says his department will review procedures that determine how officers respond to calls in the wake of a rookie officer's fatal shooting earlier this week.
Arlington Police Chief Theron Bowman says they will "see what lessons there are to be learned" from officer Jillian Michelle Smith's death.
Police say Smith was slain Tuesday night while trying to protect an 11-year-old girl from her mother's ex-boyfriend, who also killed the mother before killing himself.
Bowman told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that current policy was followed when Smith responded to the 911 call at an Arlington apartment.
The 24-year-old officer went without backup because it was a "low-priority call," the chief said.
A woman was reporting that her ex-boyfriend had assaulted her earlier that day and left.
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