Woman shot by police to face arson and assault charges

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Posted: Aug 09, 2015 9:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A knife-wielding woman who was shot by a District of Columbia police officer has been charged with assault and arson.

Police announced charges Sunday night against Renita Nettles. Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says Nettles has been charged with arson for allegedly starting a fire in a northeast Washington home that initially brought police to the scene where she was shot early Saturday evening.

Nettles has also been charged with assault on a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say Nettles ignored commands to drop a knife she was carrying as she approached an officer, who opened fire. Witnesses who spoke to The Washington Post confirmed that account of the shooting, which was captured by bystanders on video.

Nettles remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.