Woman Arrested After Shots Fired Near Capitol, Police Say

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Police say they arrested a woman Wednesday morning after shots were fired and officers were nearly struck by her car during a brief getaway attempt on Capitol grounds.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said the incident began at 9:22 a.m., when the woman was seen driving erratically and aggressively on Independence Avenue Southwest near the Rayburn House Office Building and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

The driver made a U-turn and fled police as they were trying to stop her, Malecki said, almost hitting officers and striking at least one other vehicle. She was eventually stopped at the corner of Washington and Independence avenues Southwest.

As police were attempting to take the driver into custody, Malecki said shots were fired, but no one was harmed during the arrest.

Police said there are no indications the incident was related to terrorism.

The driver has not yet been identified by Capitol Police, who are conducting an internal review of the shots fired.

Morning Consult