Driver nearly runs over cops near Capitol; shots fired

Police say a woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser and was taken into custody, a disruption that closed down streets near the Capitol for almost three hours.

MPD earlier said the driver attempted to run over officers and hit a Capitol Police cruiser, though Malecki did not confirm those details.

The officers observed an "erratic and aggressive" driver near the U.S. Capitol on Independence Avenue at 9:22 a.m. ET and tried to carry out a traffic stop, Capitol Police communications Director Eva Malecki said in a statement to NPR.

The suspect is reportedly now in custody. Police say she struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser. "A brief pursuit followed until the vehicle was stopped".

Additionally, Malecki stated that "although preliminary, this incident appears to be criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism". "We're not going to get into that", she responded.

Leshan is reporting that the officer-involved shooting happened near the Capitol and Botanical Gardens.

Shots were fired this morning near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

CNN has reached out to Capitol Police but did not immediately receive a response.

Capitol Hill police block traffic after a auto whose driver struck a Capitol Police cruiser and then tried to run over officers, near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 29, 2017. The unidentified woman made a U-turn and fled.

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