A car chase that began when a driver struck a White House security barrier ended across downtown Washington, when police shot and killed the driver on a street near the U.S. Capitol, police said.
The woman driving the car was unarmed, law enforcement sources said. All the shots in the incident, which began at 2:14 p.m. EDT, were fired by police trying to stop her. Police fired at the car in at least two locations, as the car drove across Washington, and around the Capitol area.
Law enforcement officials said the car was registered to Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Conn. The officials said they believe Carey was driving the car.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said that there was a 1 year-old child in the car. The child was said to be in good condition.
Two officers were injured during the incident, including a Capitol Police officer and a Secret Service officer. Both were not seriously harmed.
“The security perimeters worked,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday evening. “They did exactly what they were supposed to do.”
The chase and the shootings triggered a brief lockdown in the Capitol, which was full of lawmakers and staff focused on the ongoing government shutdown. Officers ran through the ornate hallways carrying semiautomatic weapons for a tense half hour as employees were told to ‘shelter in place’. But no one in the Capitol complex was hurt, and the House resumed its business before 4 p.m. EDT.