Harris charged with assaulting a woman before police shooting


Tania Marnique Harris was charged with second-degree assault in an incident outside her Robbinsdale apartment building, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Harris, 18, of Robbinsdale, was shot by a police officer as she chased another woman while wielding a large knife. Bail was set at $50,000. 

According to the criminal complaint, Harris and another woman had been arguing most of Thursday when police were called just before 6 p.m. An officer was outside the apartment building’s front door speaking with the other woman and Harris’ mother when Harris suddenly burst through the front door and began chasing the victim while carrying a large knife.

The other woman ran toward a police officer standing by a car at the curb with Harris in pursuit. The officer yelled for Harris to drop the knife and at least two witnesses saw the incident and heard the officer’s commands. Harris did not drop the knife, nor did she stop running towards the other woman, the complaint states. The officer fired his gun twice. The knife was recovered by police.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the shooting and any further action on that matter will occur after the investigation is completed.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)