A man who was shot dead by police was on a four-day drug bender when he killed the mother of his baby daughter in a jealous rage.
Tafari Walton, 21, threatened officers with a knife when they found him just before 9am on Thursday at his mother’s house in Glendale, west of Newcastle in the NSW Hunter Region.
Officers opened fire on the dangerous criminal at the same house where Walton stabbed his ex-girlfriend Gabriella Thompson, 27, at 10.30am on Wednesday.
A furious Walton suspected Ms Thompson had been seeing another man when he murdered her, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Tafari Walton (pictured), 21, threatened officers with a knife when they found him just before 9am on Thursday at his mother’s house in Glendale
He was shot dead by police at the same where Walton stabbed his ex-girlfriend Gabriella Thompson (pictured), 27, at 10.30am on Wednesday
Walton stabbed Ms Thompson in the head, under each armpit and cut her neck during the frenzied attack.
His mother and step-father arrived at the house to find Ms Thompson bleeding to death.
Walton fled the scene in Ms Thompson’s car.
The stabbing was the first part of a wild crime spree carried out by Walton throughout Newcastle.
About 2am on Thursday he went to a home in Dudley, 15km from the scene of Ms Thompson’s murder, and threatened acquaintances with a knife.
He then stole a car before travelling to Wallsend at 5am, stealing another car from a woman.
Police began pursuing Walton before he confronted an elderly woman at 8.30am in Glendale.
He demanded the woman give him her car keys as he urgently needed to see his mother.
Walton’s mother and step-father arrived at the house (pictured) to find Ms Thompson bleeding to death
Walton drove the woman’s car to his mother’s house, and was quickly followed by police.
Police officers approached Walton and tried to subdue him with capsicum spray.
Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell said Walton lunged towards officers with a 10cm hunting knife.
‘Due to his actions, police had no other alternative… but to unfortunately fatally shoot the attacking person,’ he said.
MURDERED IN A JEALOUS RAGE: THE DEATH OF GABRIELLA THOMPSON
2015 Ms Thompson’s boyfriend Tafari Walton is involved in an attempted robbery at The Iron Horse Inn in Cardiff, NSW
2016 Walton is at the centre of a siege at his mother’s home in Glendale when he put a gun to his mouth and police surrounded the property.
2017 Walton is sentenced to two years and six months in prison in the Newcastle District Court.
December 2018 Walton is charged with affray and wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm while in prison at the end of his non-parole period and is denied release.
January 23, 2019 Walton is granted bail but a magistrate in Kempsey Local Court on the condition he show ‘good behaviour’.
March 13, 2019
10.30am: Ms Thompson is stabbed to death by Walton.
March 14, 2019
2am: Walton arrives at a house in Dudley, 15km from the murder scene, and threatens people with a knife before stealing a car.
5am: Walton steals a car from a woman in Wallsend.
8.30am: Walton confronts an elderly woman at her home in Glendale, demanding her car keys. He drives to his mother’s home and police follow him.
9am: Walton is shot dead by police.
‘It is unfortunate, very unfortunate, no police officer wants to be involved in these type of incidents but unfortunately our job is also about protecting the wider community.’
Friends said Walton’s life was derailed by drugs and criminal activity.
In 2015 he was involved in an attempted armed robbery at a pub in Cardiff, and the next year he put a gun in his mouth as police surrounded his mother’s house before he gave himself up.
Walton was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for a number of charges in the Newcastle District Court in October 2017.
While in jail he was charged with affray and wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He was denied release in December at the end of his non-parole period but on January 23 a magistrate granted him bail on the condition he showed ‘good behaviour’ – despite police prosecutors opposing his release.
Walton’s mother Susan said she was ‘too upset to speak’ about her son’s death.
‘Why did police have to kill my son?’ she said.
Friends of Ms Thompson said she lived in fear of Walton, but found it hard to say no to him when he wanted to see their daughter.
In a tribute to Ms Thompson posted to a Go Fund Me page, friends described her as a ‘loving mother, daughter, sister, aunty and dear friend to so many’.
‘You will be missed and forever in our hearts, fly high with the angels baby girl, love you always,’ the tribute read.
Homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of both Ms Thompson and Walton.
Before Walton was shot, men working on a building site a short distance way said they heard sirens and saw three police cars ‘flying down the street’.
‘Then we just heard ‘bang, bang, bang’. It was three shots,’ one of the men told the Daily Telegraph.
Walton allegedly threatened officers with a knife when they found him just before 9am on Thursday at an address on Vena Street, in Glendale. Pictured: Walton’s brother (centre in white singlet) at the scene
New South Wales Ambulance paramedics had attempted to resuscitate Walton.
Police had previously appealed for information about Walton, described to have a dark complexion with a long black ponytail and was last seen wearing a grey top and black shorts.
Ms Thompson was taken to John Hunter Hospital, where she died a short time after arrival.
Neighbours told 9 News that she was ‘quiet’ and ‘caring’, had only been living on the street for a short time.