A woman was arrested on Wednesday near the US Capitol after driving into a police vehicle and narrowly missing several officers on foot, but police said the incident appears unrelated to terrorism.
The incident happened on Independence Avenue around 9:30 am local time, police said. Officers noticed an "erratic driver", and when they attempted to stop her, she made a U-turn in an attempt to flee the scene, Capitol Police spokesman Eva Malecki said. Officers tried to stop her vehicle, but she made a U-turn and almost hit the officers and one cruiser.
Police opened fire in an attempt to stop her, and witness Scott Ferson said he heard two quick shots, followed by a brief pause before a third one rang out.
The driver was taken into custody.
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Police said there are no indications that the incident was a terrorist attack and that no one was struck by the bullets fired.
Police fired shots during the incident, which occurred just a block from the Capitol complex, but no one was injured and the suspect was taken into custody. Streets near the Capitol were closed, and the Sergeant at Arms advised lawmakers and staff to stay away from the area. Temporary lockdown was placed on some of the House office buildings in the vicinity, but the lockdown has been lifted. The suspect was previously known to police, who last October had arrested him for disrupting House of Representatives proceedings and yelling he was a "Prophet of God".
In 2013, Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist from CT, was shot and killed by Capitol Police officers in her vehicle outside the Hart Senate Office Building.