Dec 26 2011
A Georgia Muslim woman accused of sending a bogus weapon of mass destruction to a New York lawmaker was shot dead by a police officer. Cobb County police responded to the apartment of Jameela Barnette on Sunday morning, where they say the 53-year-old attacked an officer, who then shot her.
Here are some of her threats made to public officials: allegedly-the-hate-mail-sent-to-rep-peter-king-r-ny-along-with-the-bloody-pigs-foot
NY POST Barnette is the same woman who allegedly sent New York State Senator Greg Ball a package containing a vial of perfume, a hate-filled letter, and a toy monkey wearing the Star of David on it back in April. This prompted the New York State Police to shut down his office.
Ball, who at the time was the chairman of the New York Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, described the incident as “pretty outlandish and horrific.” A woman who said she was Barnette told WXXA-TV that she had sent the package because she was upset with Ball and believed he was being racist toward her Muslim faith.
A spokesperson for the Cobb County Police Department said that an officer was dispatched to the Bexley Apartments in Marietta, Ga., after receiving a report of a panic alarm being activated. Police said the woman started to assault the officer shortly after opening the door.
The officer shot at the woman, later identified as Barnette, who died at the scene, police said. Investigators said Barnette was armed with a knife and a handgun. The officer was treated for injuries to his arm and later released. He was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
A spokesperson for the FBI in Atlanta said that Barnette was arrested and indicted on federal charges last month for what they said was her role in mailing a hoax weapons of mass destruction package. The US District Court judge allowed her to be released on her own recognizance. Neighbors say Barnett, who they describe as quiet and a little bit strange, never caused any problems at the apartment complex.