Police Shoot Driver Outside Capitol After Chase

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Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said a child was taken from the car to a hospital but said he knew of no harm to the youngster. Tourist Edmund Ofori-Attah said the child appeared to be about 2 to 3 years old.

A police officer was injured in the traffic accident but Gainer said the injuries were not life threatening.

“We heard three, four, five pops,” said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who was walking from the Capitol to an office building across the street. Police ordered Casey and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection, then hustled everyone into the Capitol.

“There were multiple shots fired and the air was filled with gunpowder,” said Berin Szoka, whose office at a technology think tank overlooks the shooting scene.

The shooting comes two weeks after a mentally disturbed employee terrorized the Navy Yard with a shotgun, leaving 13 people dead including the gunman.

Before the disruption, lawmakers had been trying to find common ground to end a government shutdown. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

U.S. Capitol Police on the plaza around the Capitol said they were working without pay as the result of the shutdown.

(Photo: AP)

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7 thoughts on “Police Shoot Driver Outside Capitol After Chase

  1. I agree with both Chuckalucktoo and lw.
    I am sorry the woman was killed, but a move like that would get anyone killed.
    I believe I am a dedicated employee, but the lawbreakers are the ones on the hill.

  2. I know on the morning show Tom and the crew felt police should have shot out the tires. That only happens on tv shows. If you watch police videos or police shows, when a person runs over or tries to run over a cop with their car, the police automatically respond with deadly force because your vehicle is a deadly weapon. We want to sympathize with the lady, but that is the response you are going to get when you attempt to run over a police officer.

  3. The Capital Police should walk away. This is not worth their lives without pay and the morons inside are getting paid plenty of money for poor job performance and have excellent health care – let them hire their own security. The injured officer will undoubtedly get a huge bill from the hospital since technically he doesn’t have a job. asking these men & women to leave their families every day, risk their lives to protect idiots and come home with nothing is unacceptable. Who knows why this woman went off, but more events like this keep happenening!

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