Woman shot by officer last week faces assault charges 

The woman shot by a police officer after she allegedly tried to run him down with her car on Folsom Street has been charged with assaulting a police officer and four others with a deadly weapon.

The woman, identified as 36-year-old Sarah Thompson of Sacramento, was shot in the upper torso April 12 by an unidentified plainclothes officer with the San Francisco Police Department.

Police allege Thompson was driving a black, two-door Chevrolet Lumina erratically on Folsom Street when police began to follow her. She slammed into at least five cars, Officer Samson Chan said.

As she approached the four-lane boulevard’s intersection with Seventh Street, she hit traffic that was stopped at a light. Chan said she then reversed her car several hundred feet down the one-way street, and aimed the car directly at the police officer.

Chan said the police officer shot Thompson “in defense of his life.”

Police declined to explain where the officer was in relationship to Thompson’s car when he shot her. There was one bullet hole through the front window, but none appeared to have been shot through the rear windshield.

Thompson was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital immediately after the shooting, but was released from the hospital Wednesday, hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagan said.

Thompson also pleaded not guilty to transportation of methamphetamine and transportation of crack cocaine.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Buckelew said Thompson was arraigned in court Friday.


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