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According to Capitol Police spokesperson Kimberly Schneider, a Mercedes driven by a lone man struck a Capitol Police officer who had stopped the vehicle in Columbus Circle. The Mercedes then proceeded down Louisiana Avenue NE going the wrong way. The car was stopped near the intersection of New Jersey Avenue and C Street NW. The driver produced a handgun, did not comply with another Capitol Police officer’s instructions, and was shot multiple times by an unknown number of officers while still inside the Mercedes. The suspect has died; no description is currently available. The suspect’s gun has been recovered. Officers, she says, “feared for their life.” Another Capitol Police officer, on a motorcycle, was injured and transported to a hospital; the officer struck by the car also has minor injuries. Capitol Police are working with Metropolitan Police on the investigation. 6:54 p.m.
From AP: “The unidentified man was shot after brandishing a weapon, police said. He died shortly after the late afternoon melee, in which eyewitnesses said multiple gunshots were fired.” 6:41 p.m.
From AP: “Another witness, Dale Lanigan of Toledo, Ohio, described a similar scene, although he said two police cars gave chase. As the car went past him, Lanigan said, ‘the driver had one hand on the wheel and it looked like he was reaching for something.’ Lanigan said he then heard shots and police ordered him to get away. He said the driver of the car was taken away in an ambulance.” 6:34 p.m.
From AP via MSNBC: “The Capitol Police later said the man had died.” 6:31 p.m.
From WTOP: “The suspect, a 35-year-old man, was shot at New Jersey Avenue and C Streets in Northwest, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer says. A law enforcement source says police attempted to stop a vehicle and the driver refused. In the pursuit and confrontation that followed, the driver was shot.” 6:28 p.m.
From USA Today: “The fire department says a man was shot a block from Capitol and has life-threatening injuries.” 6:25 p.m.
From WaPo: “The shooting occurred near New Jersey Avenue and C Street, but several other streets were closed. A witness told a Washington Post reporter that he heard between eight and 10 shots. Some reports said it was an exchange of gunfire between a suspect and U.S. Capitol Police. That report is unconfirmed. It is unclear if there are injuries.” 6:20 p.m.
From WTTG-TV: “FOX 5 has learned that the situation may have started as a robbery at nearby Union Station. Reports indicate the suspect was being chased in what may have been a white or gray Mercedes with damage to the passenger side. The suspect reportedly did not stop, and crashed into a Capitol Hill barricade on C Street.” 6:18 p.m.
From WRC-TV: “The incident apparently stemmed from a hit-and-run investigation and that the suspect in that investigation was involved. A witness told an NBC producer on the scene that he saw a white Mercedes sedan speeding in the direction toward the Capitol with police cruisers in pursuit. The witness said after the car turned onto New Jersey Avenue there was a crash and then what sounded like about eight to 10 gunshots.” 6:15 p.m.
From WJLA-TV/NC8: “A U.S. Capitol Police officer shot a 35-year-old man at New Jersey Avenue NW and C Street NW, blocks from the Capitol, according to law enforcement sources….Witnesses say a white Mercedes was traveling at a high rate of speed away from Union Station toward a Capitol parking area, where the vehicle crashed into a barricade. That’s when gunfire erupted, witnesses said.” 6:12 p.m.
From Politico‘s John Bresnahan: “A witness, Robert Drumm of Oklahoma, said that 10 to 15 shots were fired.” 6:10 p.m.
From WaPo alert: “Reports of gunfire at about 5:15 p.m. near U.S. Capitol.” 6:01 p.m.
From Politico alert: “Some entrances to the U.S. Capitol have been closed after gunfire erupted when a car chased by police neared a security barrier.” 5:55 p.m.
From Alert DC: “Due to police activity, Constitution Ave. between First St. NW and First St. NE. Please avoid if possible.” 5:50 p.m.