A chaotic week in Washington took a turn for the violent Thursday afternoon, as police shot and killed a driver near the Capitol in a strange and unexplained incident.
According to police, the woman's black sedan tried to get through a security checkpoint near the White House and was stopped by police. But the driver fled, striking an officer. The car then sped down Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill. It was stopped by officers near the Capitol and struck a police car before the driver was shot; she was later pronounced dead, but police did not say when or where. Contrary to initial reports, all shots were fired by law-enforcement officers.
A one-year-old child in the car was treated at a hospital and in good condition. A 23-year veteran of the Capitol Police was also injured in a car accident while pursuing the driver. Chief Kim Dine said the officer was "doing well."
Police did not offer any explanation for the incident.
"I'm pretty confident this was not an accident," Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters about 6:15 p.m. But police also said they did not believe the incident was related to terrorism.