Woman shot by cop after brandishing knife pleads guilty in court


An 18-year-old woman shot by police as she chased after another woman while wielding a knife has pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that Tania Harris, 18, of Robbinsdale, pleaded guilty Tuesday just as jury selection was about to get underway.

Harris was involved in an incident on April 16 when police were called to reports of an argument that had been going on between Harris and another young woman for several hours.

Just before 6 p.m., Harris' mother was talking to the woman at the front door of the building they lived in, when Harris "burst" through the front door and started chasing the woman.

She was brandishing a large kitchen knife in her right hand and was screaming she was going to kill the woman.

Harris failed to comply with police demands to drop the knife or stop chasing the woman, so she was shot and wounded by an officer.

She will be sentenced at a later date, following a presentence investigation and psychiatric evaluation.

In the meantime, Harris will be placed on probation and will serve 21 months in prison if she violates the terms.

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