DC woman shot by police had tentative bipolar diagnosis

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Posted: Aug 11, 2015 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A District of Columbia woman shot in a confrontation with police had recently been held for an emergency mental health evaluation.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1Nnori7 ) reports Renita Nettles was admitted to a hospital July 20 with a tentative bipolar diagnosis, but days later a judge denied a petition by city officials to extend her hospitalization. The judge concluded that at that point there was no indication Nettles was likely to harm herself or others.

The 22-year-old was shot in the shoulder Saturday after police say she approached an officer and ignored repeated commands to drop a knife she was carrying.

Nettles has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer as well as arson for starting a fire.

Nettles is black. The officer's race is unknown.