WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman described as “erratic and aggressive” drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said.
Shots were fired, but the incident appeared to be criminal in nature with “no nexus to terrorism,” said Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki. No one was injured. She said the U.S. Capitol remained open.READ MORE: San Francisco Archbishop, San Diego Bishop Spar Over Biden Receiving Communion
Malecki described the woman as an “erratic and aggressive driver.”
D.C. fire department spokesman Doug Buchanan says ambulances were sent to the scene but did not take anyone to the hospital.READ MORE: Early Season Red Flag Warning Sends Residents Scrambling To Protect Homes
Earlier, a witness said a car was stopped at a checkpoint and police ordered a woman driving a vehicle to stop. The witness, on Capitol Hill to visit lawmakers, declined to permit her name to be used.
The incident prompted a large police response. Streets near the Capitol were closed.
Almost exactly one year ago, U.S. Capitol Police shot a man after he pulled a weapon at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint as spring tourists thronged Washington. 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.”MORE NEWS: One Dead, Two Wounded In San Jose Shooting
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