Prosecutors charge woman shot by officers

A San Francisco woman shot by police nearly two weeks ago after allegedly threatening officers with a knife has been charged with multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The announcement came as San Francisco’s police chief Tuesday renewed a call for Taser guns to be added to the department’s supply of nonlethal weapons, as first reported in The Examiner.

Teresa Sheehan, 56, was hospitalized after the incident, according to police, who would not disclose how many times she was shot.

According to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Sheehan was arraigned Monday at San Francisco General Hospital, where she was still recovering.

On the morning of Aug. 8, two officers responded to a Mission district halfway house where Sheehan lived after she allegedly threatened to kill her social worker, police reported at the time.

The officers first pepper-sprayed Sheehan, but she continued verbally threatening them and then lunged at officers with a knife, according to police. The officers feared for their own and others’ safety and fired, police said.

Sheehan was charged Monday with two counts each of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the District Attorney’s Office. She also was charged with making criminal threats against the social worker.

A preliminary hearing in the Sheehan case is scheduled for Aug. 29.

Police Chief Heather Fong issued a statement Tuesday that her department has previously considered the use of Tasers, and that she is recommending another presentation on the issue to the Police Commission “in the near future.”

“Tasers have gained widespread acceptance in law enforcement as an effective, less-than-lethal option, and I believe we should seriously consider providing officers with them,” she said.

— Wire and staff report

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