Kathleen Mary Wright, 48, who police shot Feb. 26 in an apartment at 305 W. Franklin Ave., was charged with assault in the first degree today for attempting to use deadly force against Officer Paul O’Hanlon.
O’Hanlon arrived at the apartment around 1 a.m. in response to a call that a woman had assaulted a man with a knife, according to a statement from the Minneapolis Police Department.
Officers at the scene tried to subdue her with a taser gun when she charged with the knife, but one of the darts missed.
“When Wright continued to advance on officers with the knife, officers in fear for their own safety were forced to fire on Wright,” the statement said.
Wright also faces a second-degree assault charge for using the knife in an attempt to harm an acquaintance, whose name has not been released. The person took Wright’s money to buy drugs, the statement said. Wright became angry and tried to stab the individual when the person returned with no money or drugs.
Wright suffered a non-life threatening injury to the lower torso and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.
She has since been released from the hospital and is in custody.