Woman strikes US Capitol Police vehicle, taken into custody after shots fired

Cheryl Sanders
April 12, 2017

"The Capitol Complex remains open to the public except for necessary traffic cuts on Independence Avenue, which will be opened shortly".

The driver made a U-turn and "nearly struck" the officers, causing police to briefly pursue her, according to Capitol Police spokesperson Eva Malecki.

A brief pursuit ensued until the female suspect was stopped.

The incident took place around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the area of First and Independence avenues SW, per NBC Washington.

Maggie Rousseau, an aide to U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, says the office was notified of the incident but given few details.

The White House commended the work of the Capitol Police during a busy tourist time in the city and called the incident "a very troubling instance".

U.S. Capitol Police began shooting after one of their cruisers was rammed by a driver. Police said no one was hit.

Although they were earlier reports that police fired warning shots iin the incident, those reports could not be confirmed.

In October 2013, 34-year-old Miriam Carey was shot and killed by law enforcement after she hit a security barrier and a Secret Service officer outside the White House, leading police on a chase that ended near the Capitol.

The judge did order the woman to be held without bond on four counts of assaulting a police officer.

Scott Ferson, president of Liberty Square Group, said he suddenly saw a dozen Capitol police cars moving quickly toward Botanic Garden and he heard what sounded like three gunshots. I spoke briefly to a police officer inside the Capitol building who is on the radio system that lets those police officers know exactly what's going on.

Everett's aunt identified her to the news media before authorities released the name and said she has mental health issues and did not mean to cause harm.

The driver, who has not yet been identified, made a U-turn and almost struck some officers.

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