Woman strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody

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Police said late Wednesday that the woman's name is Taleah Everett, and that she has no fixed address.

Eva Malecki, the communications director for the US Capitol Police, said at a press conference that the shots were fired in the process of an arrest.

The incident caused Independence Avenue to be closed until after 12 p.m., though the Capitol remained open.

"While attempting to stop the vehicle on Independence Avenue, the driver negotiated a U-turn and fled the scene, almost striking officers and struck at least one other vehicle", Maleki said at a news conference. A brief pursuit followed and two officers fired as Hill drove into an officer's marked cruiser. A District of Columbia police spokeswoman, Margarita Mikhaylova, says it's possible that an officer fired shots.

The disruption took place near the end of the morning rush hour and prompted a large law enforcement response. 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. He then heard three gun shots before police swarmed the vehicle.

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Police called to everyone in the area to get off the street, and then things seemed to calm down.

Armed U.S. Capitol Police officer take position near the Botanic Gardens in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The suspect was previously known to police, who had arrested him in 2015 for disrupting House of Representatives proceedings and screaming he was a "Prophet of God".

The U.S. Secret Service, which protects the president, his family and other top officials and visiting dignitaries, said that officers had established a perimeter, and moved pedestrians outside the White House a safe distance away, as a precaution.

Hill, who prosecutors say has no fixed address, is charged with four counts of assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal police officer with a risky weapon.

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