Brian Hamacher

Armed Woman Hurt in Deputy-Involved Shooting in Dania Beach: BSO

An armed woman who was shot by a deputy in Dania Beach said she fabricated a story about an attack so she could commit suicide by cop, authorities said.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report that a woman was threatening another woman with a knife at 103 NE Third Street at around 11 a.m.

A woman, armed with a knife, charged at deputies, which prompted at least one deputy to discharge his weapon, according to BSO.

Kim Nguyen Cholak, 40, was hospitalized at Memorial Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

BSO initially said there was a woman attacking another woman with a knife. Cholak later told detectives she made that up so deputies can respond and she can commit suicide by cop, authorities said.

"(Deputies) provided multiple warnings to the suspect at the time to drop the weapon," Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said earlier. "Unfortunately she elected to charge our deputies. Our deputies tried to retreat but unfortunately the proximity forced an engagement."

Cholak was released from the hospital and will be booked into Broward County Main Jail. She faces four counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and will be Baker Acted.

The BSO deputy who fired his weapon will be placed on administrative leave.

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