dglobalnews.com Woman strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody
Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Woman strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody

Police in Washington have fired on a woman in a auto after she struck a police vehicle near the US Capitol and tried to run over several officers.

The driver was taken into custody and there were no reported injuries, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson told CNN.

House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement after the incident, saying: 'We are grateful today and every day for the valor and dedication of the Capitol Police'.

Earlier, a witness said a auto was stopped at a checkpoint and police ordered a woman driving a vehicle to stop. Malecki also did not provide a motive. The windshield of the suspect's vehicle, which bore Maryland license plates, had several bullet holes in it.

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Malecki called the incident "criminal in nature" but said there was no apparent link to terrorism.

The driver was finally taken into custody by 9.45am near Washington and Independence Avenues. A black jacket, marked as evidence, laid on the street next to the vehicle.

Wednesday's incident evoked memories of a 2013 vehicle chase near the Capitol that ended with police fatally shooting the driver. During fair weather lawmakers often walk outside and cross Independence Avenue from the Rayburn building as they head to the Capitol, and the area on the corner of the Washington Mall is often crowded with tourists. Temporary lockdown was placed on some of the House office buildings in the vicinity, but the lockdown has been lifted.

She said "shots were fired" during the attempt to arrest the driver, though she did not provide further details, including who fired the shots. Two officers were injured as well.

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