Shots Fired After Woman Rams Police Cruiser Near Capitol

A woman was taken into custody after she struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser with her car and nearly hit other officers who were on foot near the U.S. Capitol, police say.

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

Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki told reporters the incident had “no nexus to terrorism.”

She said the woman was an “erratic and aggressive driver” who, when police tried to stop her, made a U-turn and drove away, almost striking officers on foot.

Authorities confirmed that police shot their weapons during the arrest, but no one was hurt.

The incident prompted a significant police presence, and closed nearby streets for nearly three hours.

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