Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Driver strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody

Capitol Police communications director Eva Malecki told reporters officers had "observed an erratic and aggressive driver" in the area, and attempted to stop the vehicle.

As of now, the Capitol building is open to the public.

Malecki said "shots were fired" during the attempt to arrest the driver, though she did not provide further details, including who fired the shots.

On Thursday, according to a Capitol police spokesperson in Washington, an "erratic and aggressive" driver failed to halt after she made a U-turn at the bottom of Capitol Hill, nearly hitting police officers as she fled.

Police pursued the woman and ultimately were able to stop her at Washington and Independence Avenues Southwest. The Botanical Gardens were cordoned off and Capitol Hill was said to have been temporarily locked down. It was not immediately clear how many shots were fired.

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"We're not going to get into that right now", she said. She said there is "no nexus to terrorism".

Several gunshots were heard. At some point, authorities reportedly fired shots, but no one was hit.

The suspect was previously known to police, since he had been arrested for disrupting House of Representatives proceedings and yelling he was a 'Prophet of God'.

Police pursued the vehicle after it attempting to flee, almost striking Capitol Police officers and eventually hitting another vehicle. She was then spotted making an aggressive U-turn. She did not believe Everett meant to harm anyone.

The U.S. Secret Service, which protects the president, his family and other top officials and visiting dignitaries, said that officers had established a perimeter, and moved pedestrians outside the White House a safe distance away, as a precaution. Fact-based journalism of this caliber isn't cheap.

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