Woman pleads not guilty to officer assault

A mentally ill San Francisco woman pleaded not guilty to five felony counts Wednesday stemming from an altercation with police that resulted in officers shooting her five times.

Teresa Sheehan, 56, is facing charges of assault on a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats against a social worker. Sheehan was shot in the face and torso by two police officers after allegedly threatening them with a knife at her Mission district group home Aug. 9.

Police have said the social worker backed away after Sheehan brandished a knife. The officers pepper-sprayed Sheehan, but she continued to threaten them and began confronting them with the knife, police said.

Sheehan’s family maintains she is mildly schizophrenic but not violent. She will return to court Oct. 16.

tbarak@sfexaminer.com

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