ARLINGTON -- Rookie officer Jillian Michelle Smith was nearing the end of her shift Tuesday night when she arrived at a southeast Arlington apartment complex to take a report from a woman who had been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend.
The victim, Kimberly Deshay Carter, 29, was reportedly alone with her 11-year-old daughter at the Arbrook Park Apartments, so Smith responded without backup to the low-priority call at 8 p.m.
But minutes after Smith arrived at the complex off Arbrook Boulevard and Collins Street, the ex-boyfriend came back armed. Arlington police say the man, Barnes Samuel Nettles -- a registered sex offender with a long criminal history -- fatally shot Smith and Carter before turning the gun on himself.
Carter's daughter managed to escape unharmed.
"She got away and went to a friend's house in the complex," Carter's brother, Lamen Jennings, said in a brief telephone conversation Wednesday before boarding a plane from Washington state to Texas to be with his grieving family. "This is a very, very big shock."
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