Police open fire after driver strikes cruiser near US Capitol

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) - U.S. Capitol Police officers opened fire after a woman drove into a police cruiser near the Capitol and then tried to run over officers on Wednesday, and a police spokeswoman said the incident did not appear related to terrorism.

There were no injuries in the incident at the base of Capitol Hill, and the driver has been arrested, Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki told reporters.

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Police open fire near US Capitol
Tough to see but one person was taken out of the car. Appears relatively uninjured. Green shirt on the left. https://t.co/IKF46HnYZf
LAWMAKER sends video to me of shooting incident near Capitol. He was stuck in an Uber 1/2 https://t.co/1nkmzkIoAB
BREAKING: Suspect taken into custody after apparently driving into U.S. Capitol Police car, attempting to hit officers, D.C. police say.
Hoping our cops are alright. The men and women who protect our Capitol & its visitors are the best. https://t.co/ljVK6QUxnq
BREAKING: DC police say a driver struck a Capitol Police cruiser then tried running over other officers who were on foot. Now in custody.
Shots fired on Capital Hill. We are locked inside the #Rayburn House building. https://t.co/78lM8HWWOR
Scene at the #capitol. Sounds like shots fired https://t.co/Vgz8B9Irqp
Police spokeswoman telling reporters incident seems to be criminal in nature, not terrorism

"Although preliminary, this incident appears criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism," Malecki said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has sent agents to the scene, ABC News said.

Metropolitan Police earlier said the suspect was a man.

The incident came a week after five people were killed and about 40 injured in London when a car plowed into pedestrians near Britain's parliament and the suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a police officer.

US Capitol building through history

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The U.S. Capitol Building is lit at sunset in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Engraved view of Washington D C and the United States Capitol Building from the White House, drawn by W H Bartlett and engraved by H Wallis, Washington D C, circa 1800-1850. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
View of the east front elevation of the United States Capitol Building, Washington DC, 1846. (Photo by John Plumbe/Stock Montage/Getty Images)
Capitol of the United States, Washington DC, 1855. Illustration from the History and Topography of the United States of North America, Volume II , by John Howard Hinton, published by Samuel Walker, (Boston, 1855). (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)
1859: The Capitol Building in Washington, DC, seat of the United States Congress, at the time of the construction of its dome. (Photo by William England/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
United States Capitol Building, Washington DC, 1895. (Photo by Geo. P. Hall & Son/The New York Historical Society/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 5, 1915: The East portico and dome of the United States Capitol Building as seen on March 5, 1915 in Washington, DC. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - Circa 1950s: Capitol Building Washington D.C.. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 13: Exterior view of the Capitol at time of President Truman's meeting with Congressional leaders on day after FDR's death. (Note flag at half-mast). (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - 1956: A general view of the East portico of the United States Capitol building in 1956 in Wahsington, DC. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 01: President Ronald Reagan giving speech from podium with Capitol Building looming behind him at rally for Balanced Budger Amendment. (Photo by Diana Walker/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Cherry blossoms frame the U.S. Capitol dome March 24. The cherry blossoms around Washington's mall and tidal basin are an annual sign of spring in the nation's capital.
A wide-angle feature picture of the United States Capitol dome taken June 19, shows the cast-iron dome, designed in 1854 by Architect of the Capitol Thomas Walter. Initial construction began in 1856. A rare media tour of the dome was given today.
The United States Capitol building is shown at sunset January 6, 2001 moments after [U.S. Vice President Al Gore] read the certified results of the November 7, 2000 U.S. presidential election declaring [Republican Texas Governor George W. Bush] the next president of the United States. The counting of the electoral vote took place inside the House of Representatives chamber.
CAPITOL BUILDING, WASHINGTON DC, MAY 16, 2016: A DigitalGlobe satellite image of the United States Capitol building in Washington DC. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: The Capitol Building is pictured on November 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. Americans today will choose between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as they go to the polls to vote for the next president of the United States. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

(Reporting by Ian Simpson and Richard Cowan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Phil Berlowitz)

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