Woman Arrested Near Capitol After Hitting Police Car

Police say the scare had no connection to terrorism
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 29, 2017 10:23 AM CDT
A U.S. Capitol police officer takes position near the Botanic Gardens.   (Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – A woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a US Capitol Police cruiser near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said. Shots were fired during her arrest, but the incident appeared to be criminal in nature with "no nexus to terrorism," said Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki, per the AP. No one was injured, and the Capitol remained open. The incident occurred near the Botanic Gardens, and the circumstances surrounding the gunshots were unclear. A District of Columbia police spokeswoman says it's possible that an officer fired them. (Read more U.S. Capitol stories.)

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