Cobb Officer Fatally Shoots Woman

The 53-year-old Marietta resident was assaulting the officer with a knife and handgun, a police spokesman says.

Updated 9 a.m. Monday

The woman killed Sunday is the woman involved in mailing the threatening packages in April, the New York Post reported.

Jameela Barnette was indicted and arrested last month on federal charges related to mailing a package that was a hoax weapon of mass destruction, the Post said.

A federal judge released her without posting bond, the Post added

Original Report

A officer fatally shot a woman at an apartment just outside the Marietta city limits this morning.

The woman, Jameela Cecila Barnette, 53, answered a knock at a door at the in the 300 block of Penny Lane by charging out with a knife and a handgun, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release.

Barnette assaulted and injured the officer who had knocked on the door, Pierce said. The officer shot her with his service handgun to stop the Christmas Day attack shortly after 11 a.m.

Barnette was dead at the scene.

The officer, whose name was not released, was treated for injuries to his arm at the apartment complex. He did not need to go to a hospital.

Cobb police went to the complex, which is within 100 feet of the city of Marietta, in response to an alarm. Officers were notified of a second, panic alarm at the same apartment as they arrived.

The internal affairs unit of the county Public Safety Department and the police Crimes Against Persons Unit are investigating the shooting. The officer is on administrative leave during the investigation.

We don’t know whether the dead woman is the same Jameela Barnette who made bizarre news in April.

That Barnette, a Muslim grandmother from Marietta, admitted sending a pig’s foot with an anti-Semitic note to New York Congressman Peter King and mailing cheap perfume, an anti-Semitic note and a Curious George doll with a Jewish star on a label reading “bound for Auschwitz” to a New York state Sen. Greg Ball, Fox TV Channel 23 in Albany, NY, and other media outlets reported.

King's website includes a New York Post article in which Barnette says she sent the packages to protest hearings on terrorism that she saw as anti-Muslim.

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call 770-499-3945.

Linda Rehkopf December 26, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Very sorry for y'all's loss. Please excuse the rude reactions you might hear and read, as those are not indicative of the compassion many of us will feel, both for your family and for the officer.
Donna Espy-Rypel December 26, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Thank you for the comment, Linda....very well put.
Fran Armstrong December 27, 2011 at 01:37 PM
It seems like this woman had a mental issue. Thank goodness the police officer was not more seriously injured.
Paul December 28, 2011 at 07:39 AM
Although I feel sympathy for the family and this obviously crazy woman, her actions were abhorrent. It is amazing to me that this woman could have complained about racism and sent someone a doll that read, "destination Auschwitz". These aren't the sentiments of a decent human being.
Moe Vee December 29, 2011 at 02:36 AM
Bennie and Amelia, I am sorry for your loss and your comments show compassion and understanding which is something in short supply. Your attitude will bring you peace and shine a light for those willing to see.Shalom.


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