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.