Capitol Police Fire Shots at Erratic Driver

March 29, 2017 U.S. Capitol Police apprehended a woman Wednesday morning after she tried to hit a police vehicle and nearly struck several officers during a routine traffic stop. Police fired shots at the woman’s vehicle when the woman tried to flee the scene.

U.S. Capitol Police officers observed a woman driving erratically and aggressively in the vicinity of 100 Independence Ave, according to a Capitol Police spokeswoman who briefed reporters. Capitol Police officers fired shots in an attempt to stop the driver, but no one was hit.

Wednesday morning’s incident is the latest in a series of bizarre events reported in the nation’s Capitol. Yesterday, U.S. Secret Service agents detained a man carrying a suspicious package near the White House. Last week, a woman, identified by police as Marci Wahl, 38, was arrested three times for trying to scale the White House fence. During one of the woman’s attempted breaches, Secret Service agents found her dangling from the inside of the White House fence after her shoelace got caught on top of the fence.

Earlier in March, Jonathan Tran, 26, armed with mace and a letter to Preskdent Trump breached three layers of perimeter security around the executive mansion. He was on the grounds for seventeen minutes before he was caught. President Trump was inside the White House at the time. The incident prompted U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairman, Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to call for an investigation into the agency’s handling of security breaches.

White House “fence jumpers” are nothing new. National security experts are baffled that after several serious White House security breaches in recent years — there have been no major changes to security protocol. In September, 2014, a man made his way into the East Room of the White House before being tackled by Secret Service agents.

SEE ALSO: Suspicious Package Near White House, Suspect Detained

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