Wild Car Chase Ends Tragically on Capitol Hill

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A wild car chase in the nation's capital ended with one female suspect dead and an officer injured. Police fired on the car after the driver ignored the checkpoint at Capitol Hill.

A child was also reported to be in the suspect's car. The nation's Capitol building was briefly sent into lockdown during the chaos.

The incident began when a woman driving an out-of-state black Lexus tried to ram the barrier that protects the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. That set off a police chase that ended outside the Capitol Building.

"[The suspect] circled monuments in front of Capitol Hill twice while being pursued. Then she headed toward the Capitol where Capitol Hill police and Secret Service opened fire and shot her," Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer said, according to ABC News.

People in buildings all around the area were told to "shelter in place" and weren't allowed to leave their buildings.

"We heard three, four, five pops," said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who along with other witnesses was hustled by police into the Capitol Building for protection.

"There were multiple shots fired and the air was filled with gunpowder," Berin Szoka, who's office is located near the scene, said.

Police were then seen running with a young African American toddler, who was reportedly in the back of the suspect's car. Tourist Edmund Ofori-Attah said the child, who was taken to Children's Hospital in D.C, appeared to be unharmed.

The lockdown ended about 3 p.m.

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