This morning U.S. Capitol Police said that officers have apprehended a female driver after she struck another vehicle and nearly hit several officers near the Capitol
Erratic driving incident:
According to Eva Malecki, the communications director for the United States Capitol Police, at 9:22 a.m., Capitol Police officers observed an “erratic and aggressive driver” in the vicinity of 100 Independence Ave. Malecki briefed reporters near the scene at Bartholdi Park in Washington.
The driver made a U-turn and fled the scene as officers were trying to stop the vehicle. She struck another vehicle and nearly hit the officers, a brief pursuit ensued. Police said that her car was stopped at Washington and Independence avenues, near the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Rayburn House Office Building, and the driver fled on foot
In an attempt to stop the suspect, Capitol Police fired shots. Police said no one was hit.
Capitol Police sent to Hill staffers an email alert asking them to stay clear of the area. Temporary lockdown was placed on some of the House office buildings in the vicinity, but the lockdown has been lifted.
According to Malecki, the suspect was apprehended at 3rd Street and Independence Avenue and was taken into custody, no one was injured during the arrest
She added that the incident appears to be criminal in nature, with no nexus to terrorism.
Capitol Police is being assisted at the scene by the FBI, according to whom the motive of the driver is unclear.
The Capitol is open to the public as of now.
Malecki stated that the Capitol Police is handling the investigation.
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”.
Sean Spicer, White House press secretary said today “I appreciate the efforts that the Capitol Police and others took. You literally watched people put their lives in harm’s way today to protect tourists and other citizens. It’s reassuring to know so many brave men and women are willing to make sure that the city stays safe.”