Suspect Arrested For Trying To Ram Police Near U.S. Capitol, Shots Fired

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A woman was taken into custody Wednesday after police say she struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol building. Police fired shots during the incident though no one, including the suspect, was injured.


What Happened?

A woman has been apprehended after reportedly driving erratically and ramming into a U.S. Capitol police car and attempting to hit officers, according to D.C. police. Initially, gunshots were reportedly heard near the U.S. Capitol.

According to police, shots were fired in the incident as the suspect struck a Capitol police car and tried running over officers on foot. No one was hit by the suspect’s car or the fired shots. There are no injuries.

“Everyone’s okay but someone tried to hit one of our guys with a car,” one officer told The Hill. “Then there were five shots but everyone’s okay.”

“There is ongoing Police activity at Washington and Independence Avenues SW,” read a notice sent by Capitol Police to all congressional offices. “The U.S. Capitol Police and the House Sergeant at Arms are aware of and monitoring the situation. Details will be provided as they become available and as the situation warrants.”

The incident took place shortly before 10:00 A.M. EST in the area of First and Independence avenues SW, near the United States Botanic Garden.

Video: Vehicle rams US Capitol Police cruiser and attempts to strike officers with car. https://t.co/iUIDPPIUD2@scottwongDC pic.twitter.com/yDnjxlE3Y8

— News This Second (@NewsThisSecond) March 29, 2017

Breaking News: Shots were fired after a US Capitol police cruiser was struck, Fox 5 reports, adding that a suspect is in custody. pic.twitter.com/0uW0wcj0BG

— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 29, 2017

LAWMAKER sends video to me of shooting incident near Capitol. He was stuck in an Uber 1/2 pic.twitter.com/1nkmzkIoAB

— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) March 29, 2017

LAWMAKER sends video to me of shooting incident near Capitol. He was stuck in an Uber 2/2 pic.twitter.com/H8RzS2wPqa

— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) March 29, 2017


U.S. Capitol Building

The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building or Capitol Hill, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located at East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004.

Construction started on the D.C. landmark in September of 1793.

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