Syracuse woman shot while charging cop with knife apologizes, to get help

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Syracuse police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the 100 block of Frisbie Court. In this photo, an investigator looks toward 118 Frisbie Court, the scene of the police-involved shooting.
Syracuse police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the 100 block of Frisbie Court. In this photo, an investigator looks toward 118 Frisbie Court, the scene of the police-involved shooting.

Syracuse, NY — A Syracuse woman who was shot by a police officer after charging at him with a knife apologized in court today.

“My apologies to the officer,” Tyiesha Fletcher, 34, said, unprompted, after admitting to a felony menacing charge.

Under a plea agreement, Fletcher will spend 28 days in an in-patient program for mental health and substance abuse, her lawyer, Thomas Valerino, said.

She’ll then get probation for the February incident inside her own Frisbie Court residence.

Police were originally called after Anthony Weah said that Fletcher had damaged his car, breaking a headlight, taillight, mirror and windshield wiper. Weah and Fletcher have a child together.

When police arrived Feb. 17, Fletcher was holding two knives, a grand jury investigation found. At some point, she charged at Officer Andrew Murphy with the knives.

Murphy fired his service weapon once, injuring Fletcher in her left side and left buttock. Fletcher underwent surgery and survived.

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Today, Fletcher pleaded guilty to felony menacing a police officer. She admitted being depressed and promised to cooperate with treatment.

Prosecutor Joseph Coolican said probation was appropriate if Fletcher successfully completed treatment. If not, her crimes carries a possible 7-year prison sentence.

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