Bizarre hoax: Barnette gained attention this spring for a pair of strange, anti-Semitic packages she sent to politicians
Strange package: This strange package, including a vial of perfume, arrived at the office of New York state Sen Greg Ball in April
MARIETTA — A Marietta woman who was accused of sending threatening packages to lawmakers was shot and killed after attacking a Cobb Police officer Christmas morning, police said.
Using a knife and a handgun, Jameela Cecila Barnette, 53, assaulted an officer from the department’s Precinct 3 who had knocked on her apartment door after responding to an alarm, Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. Despite receiving injuries to his arm, Pierce said the officer, who is not being identified at this time, fired his service weapon to stop the assault.
The officer was treated and released at the scene, the Bexley apartment complex, 318 Penny Lane S.E. in Marietta, Pierce said. The officer has been placed on administrative leave.
The Precinct 3 uniformed officers were dispatched to the complex after an alarm came from the apartment just after 11 a.m. Sunday, Pierce said. They were notified that a second alarm, a more serious “panic” alarm, came in as they were arriving at the scene.
Pierce said Barnette was the only person in the apartment, but the incident did not appear to be a “suicide by cop.”
“You do see that, I guess,” he said. “From what I’ve been told, I don’t think that is the case here.”
In April, the website Politico.com reported that Barnette, a Muslim, sent a bloody pig’s foot with an anti-Semitic letter to U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-New York). The package was reportedly sent in response to hearings that King held in March on the “radicalization” of American Muslims.
Barnette was also accused of sending a Curious George stuffed animal to New York state Sen. Greg Ball, a Republican who hosted King at a hearing. Politico reported that the doll had two Stars of David taped to it with a note saying “Final Destination: Auschwitz.”
“I knew the Jews were behind the hearings. A monkey is a representation of who the Jews are,” she was quoted as saying.
At the time, Capitol Police said the investigation into the matter was ongoing. Attempts to reach Capitol Police and King’s office were unsuccessful late Sunday.
The Cobb County Department of Public Safety’s internal affairs unit and Cobb Police’s crimes against persons unit are investigating the incident, Pierce said. A search warrant was executed for the apartment Sunday, but Pierce said he didn’t know what the search had determined.