Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Suspect Arrested Near U.S. Capitol After Officers 'Nearly Struck' By Vehicle

Suspect Arrested Near U.S. Capitol After Officers 'Nearly Struck' By Vehicle

The person was caught near the US Botanic Garden, according to DC police.

The White House called the incident "a very troubling instance" and commended the work of the Capitol Police during a busy tourist time in the city.

Police say they arrested a woman Wednesday morning after shots were fired and officers were almost struck by her auto during a brief getaway attempt on Capitol grounds. Malecki said shots were fired "during the attempt to arrest the suspect", but declined to elaborate further.

In October 2013, a 34-year-old woman was fatally shot by police near the US Capitol after a chase through the heart of the city.

Yanta, 58, said the auto was speeding and there were marked and unmarked police cars behind it. Shots were fired by police officers.

An email alert from Capitol Police was sent to Hill staffers, asking them to stay clear of the area.

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. Police said no one was hit.

The woman's infant child was in the backseat of her vehicle during the chase and managed to avoid injury.

Sanders said on Tuesday that Carey's family members still feel police should have considered other options.

Dawson had also been arrested in 2015 for yelling "I am a prophet of God" in the House chamber. "I have an appointment", the suspect said when approached by an officer, according to a report released on Saturday by the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department.

Cramer told The Hill that he heard the shots fired. The auto she drove then and also on Monday was her mother's, Butler said.

The auto was later towed from the scene.

A vehicle involved in Wednesday's incident at the Capitol is towed away.


Scene in Capitol Hill where a vehicle struck police cruiser and person took off on foot.

One picture spread on Twitter shows police officers hunched over something on the ground with more police rushing to join them.

"It can not be repeated enough how grateful we all are for the risks these officers assume to protect each of us every day".

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