Driver plows into Capitol Police cruiser; streets closed

She was due in court Wednesday morning in a domestic violence case at approximately the same time as the incident at the Capitol, according to online court records in Maryland.

The chase took place near the U.S. Botanic Garden. Officers noticed an "erratic driver", and when they attempted to stop her, she made a U-turn in an attempt to flee the scene, Capitol Police spokesman Eva Malecki said.

A family member of a woman arrested Wednesday after reportedly ramming a U.S. Capitol police cruiser and then almost running over several officers said she suffers from mental health problems, but that a judge denied the family's request to get her the help she needed before the incident.

The woman, wearing a green jumper, was taken into custody. Malecki said shots were fired "during the attempt to arrest the suspect", but declined to elaborate further.

Wednesday's incident evoked memories of a 2013 vehicle chase near the Capitol that ended with police fatally shooting the driver.

One year ago, a Capitol Police officer shot and injured a man who brought a weapon into the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Capitol Police sent out an email alert about the incident, asking Hill staffers to stay clear of the area.

The office of the District of Columbia medical examiner said in the autopsy that one round struck Carey in the left side of the back of her head, and she was also hit three times in the back and once in her left arm.

"All of a sudden, we heard one shot, and two shots right after that - just like boom, and then boom, boom - and the police were just swarming", Yanta told CNN. The suspect was previously known to police, who had arrested him in October 2015 for disrupting House of Representatives proceedings and yelling he was a "Prophet of God". Police in Stamford, Connecticut, said Carey had reported that she believed former President Barack Obama had her under surveillance. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody.

  • Salvatore Jensen