Female driver attempted to run over Capitol officers
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 18:56
Then, two officers "in fear of their own immediate safety, as well as the immediate safety of all [U.S. Capitol Police officers] on scene and the immediate safety of passersby, discharged their firearms at Hill's vehicle", the document says. She struck at least one vehicle and almost hit some officers, according to Capitol Police.
Malecki said a brief pursuit followed until the vehicle was stopped in the area of Washington and Independence Avenues SW. No one was hurt in the commotion, during which police fired shots.
"Although preliminary, this incident appears criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism", Malecki said.
Malecki said "shots were fired" during the attempt to arrest the driver, though she did not provide further details, including who fired the shots.
The woman, wearing a green jumper, was taken into custody.
Capitol Police sent out an email alert about the incident, asking Hill staffers to stay clear of the area.
CNN has reached out to Capitol Police but did not immediately receive a response.
No one was hit by gunfire in the incident that started around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, police said. She also said shots were fired during the attempt and no one was injured but there was no mention of exactly how many shots were fired.
She was charged with seven counts of assault on a police officer on Wednesday, but prosecutors only brought four of those charges against her in court on Thursday. The person was caught near the US Botanic Garden, according to DC police.
The FBI said it would assist Capitol Police at the scene.
An officer broke out her rear window, and she jammed the auto in reverse, hit another police vehicle and raced at more cops. The Rayburn House Office Building has reopened and tourists are continuing to move around.
A woman accused of causing a security scare near the Capitol Building Wednesday morning will not have a mental health evaluation after a judge did not grant a prosecutor's request to evaluate her competency.
Asked how he got there, the suspect told officers: "I jumped the fence".
"We're not going to get into that right now", she said.
The woman's infant child was in the backseat of her vehicle during the chase and managed to avoid injury.