Gunshots Reported Near Capitol Hill


Officials say the driver of the vehicle struck a Capitol Police auto near the U.S. Botanical Gardens at the foot of Capitol Hill while driving in an "erratic" and "aggresive" manner.

The U.S. Capitol remained open to the public during the incident, which began shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Independence Avenue near the U.S. Botanic Garden, not far from the Rayburn House Office Building.

Mia K. Hill, also known as Taleah Michelle Everett, was arrested Wednesday and faces several charges, including assaulting a police officer and destruction of property, after she drove her vehicle in the direction of the officers and damaged Capitol Police vehicles. She struck at least one vehicle and almost hit some officers, according to Capitol Police. A pursuit ensued. and the suspect rammed a police vehicle and allegedly attempted to run over a few officers on foot. Everett's aunt, Bonnie Everett, said she suffers from depression and psychotic behavior.

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Nearly exactly one year ago, U.S. Capitol Police shot a man after he pulled a weapon at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint as spring tourists thronged Washington. The woman, who was not immediately identified, is in custody.

"During the attempt to arrest the suspect shots were fired", Malecki said.

"We're not going to get into that right now", she said. There are no reported injuries. The incident occurred in the 100 block of Independence Avenue, just steps from the Rayburn House Office Building, where several members of Congress have their offices.

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Police said as of Wednesday there was no evidence of any connection to terrorism.

Two Capitol Police sources tell FOX 5's Alexandra Limon that the suspect may have been trying to run over officers on the ground, and that may have been what led to the shooting.

The criminal complaint says she accelerated at a bike cop, heading eastbound in the westbound lanes. The 58-year-old, who runs a ranch just outside San Antonio, said the vehicle was speeding and that there were marked and unmarked police cars behind it.

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