U.S. Capitol Police fired shots at a woman who fled a traffic stop near the Capitol Building and then rammed at least one car Wednesday morning.
“While attempting to stop the vehicle on Independence Avenue, the driver negotiated a U-turn and fled the scene, nearly striking officers and struck at least one other vehicle,” Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Maleki said at a press conference.
She said a pursuit followed until the vehicle stopped at Washington and Independence avenues SW. During the attempt to arrest the woman, shots were fired. Police did not offer a reason for the officers firing on the car.
The incident, which happened around 9:30 a.m., is being treated as criminal but not related to terrorism. The unidentified woman was taken into custody, and no one was injured.
Scores of tourists were in the area as the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall open at 10 a.m. and the cherry blossom trees downtown are at peek bloom.
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.