Wednesday's incident evoked memories of a 2013 vehicle chase near the Capitol that ended with police fatally shooting the driver.
Police are responding to an incident near the U.S. Capitol grounds, and a witness says shots were fired.
The Metropolitan Police Department earlier said the driver had apparently struck a police cruiser and tried running over several other officers.
The female suspect was apprehended at 3rd and Independence Ave, and has been taken into custody.
Police opened fire in an attempt to stop her, and witness Scott Ferson said he heard two quick shots, followed by a brief pause before a third one rang out.
While no one was hit, photographs from the scene show two bullet holes in the windshield of her vehicle. There are no reported injuries. During fair weather lawmakers often walk outside and cross Independence Avenue from the Rayburn building as they head to the Capitol, and the area on the corner of the Washington Mall is often crowded with tourists.
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Capitol Police sent out an email alert about the incident, asking Hill staffers to stay clear of the area. Temporary lockdown was placed on some of the House office buildings in the vicinity, but the lockdown has been lifted. Shots were fired in the incident but no one was injured.
The FBI are assisting Capitol Police at the scene.
The director of communications for the U.S. Capitol Police, Eva Malecki, said that investigations are underway.
Nearly exactly one year ago, police shot a man after he pulled a weapon at a US Capitol checkpoint.
The driver made a U-turn and fled the scene as officers were trying to stop the vehicle.