Woman Killed by Cobb County Police on Christmas Day

Cobb Co (AJC)-A Marietta woman was shot and killed after attacking a police officer Christmas morning, Cobb County police said.

Police spokesman Dana Pierce said officers responded to an alarm at the Bexley apartment complex in the 300 block of Penny Lane S.E. at about 11 a.m. Sunday. While at the apartments, officers were notified of a second alarm inside the same apartment.

The woman who answered the apartment door, Jameela Cecila Barnette, 53, was armed with a knife and a handgun and attacked a police officer, said Pierce in a press release. The officer fired his weapon to stop the assault, said Pierce.

Barnette died at the scene.

The officer involved in the shooting was treated for his injury at the apartment complex. He has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 770-499-3945.

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