Chaos In D.C. As Cops Shoot At Hit And Run Driver Who Rammed Police Cruiser

A woman in her 20s is under arrest after driving erratically through the nation's capital. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

It was an eventful morning in the nation’s capital after an “erratic and aggressive driver" set off a police chase that ended in shots being fired and a woman being arrested. NBC News reports that around 9:30 a.m. members of the United States Capitol Police noticed the woman driving aggressively near the Capitol building. When they tried to stop her, she made an abrupt U-turn, and fled the scene, almost hitting officers and striking a police cruiser as she sped off.

Cops caught up with her several blocks away. "During the attempt to arrest the suspect shots were fired, said Capitol Police communications director Eva Malecki. "However no individuals were injured during the arrest."

The woman in custody appeared to be in her 20s and had a D.C. identification card, though authorities have yet to release her name. Malecki said the incident “appears to be criminal with no nexis to terrorism” and that there is “no sense of motive,” according to The Washington Post.

The United States Capitol Police are a distinct policing body from the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, and are specifically charged with the protection of members of Congress. Though parts of Capitol Hill were locked down during the incident, it is once again open to the public.  The FBI will be aiding the Capitol Police in their investigation of the incident.

 [Photo: Getty Images]

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