Sister of Armed Woman Shot by Police Is Charged With Assaulting Officer

The sister of the D.C. woman shot by an officer Saturday after police say she ignored commands to drop a knife has also been charged with assault on a police officer.

After an officer shot Renita Nettles, 22, in the shoulder, her sister Arnita Nettles, 26, punched two officers, left another officer with a bloody hand and spit on a fourth officer, the Metropolitan Police Department says.

"You killed my sister!" Arnita Nettles screamed, according to police.

Court documents say Arnita Nettles jumped over police tape on the 5300 block of Clay Terrace NE about 7:25 p.m. -- less than an hour after her sister was shot -- and immediately punched a female officer.

Two other officers tried to pull Nettles off the officer, and she then punched and kicked at all three officers, police say. Nettles then punched a second officer, according to police. The struggle lasted about a minute. 

As Nettles was arrested, an officer saw his fingers were bleeding from scraping the pavement during the struggle, court documents say. During the arrest, the young woman spit on a fourth officer, police said. 

The first officer Nettles punched had a concussion, police said. 

She was charged with assaulting an officer and said at the Sixth District Police Station that she rushed home after hearing her sister had been shot. 

Renita Nettles set a fire that drew police to the 5300 block of Clay Terrace about 6:15 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Police said Renita Nettles ignored commands to drop a knife she was carrying as she approached an officer. The confrontation was captured on video, though that video shows only a small part of the confrontation.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the officer ordered Nettles several times to drop the knife. The officer fired one round, Lanier said. She was hit in the shoulder and taken to a hospital.

She was charged with arson, assault on a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon, and was still in a hospital as of Monday night.

D.C. officials declined to name the officer who shot Nettles, The Washington Post reported. The officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay during an investigation, as is routine, the Post reported.

Renita Nettles has bipolar disorder and does not consistently take prescribed medication, her mother told News4.

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