Police identify driver arrested after shots fired near Capitol

WASHINGTON — Shots were fired at a woman fleeing a traffic stop near the U.S. Capitol who nearly struck several police officers and hit another vehicle before she was arrested Wednesday morning.

The U.S. Capitol Police said Wednesday afternoon that Taleah Everett, 20, of no fixed address, was charged with seven counts of assault on a police officer and two counts of destruction of property, as well as single counts of fleeing, leaving after colliding, and driving without a valid permit.

The incident, which happened about 9:30 a.m. on Independence Avenue near the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Southwest D.C., sparked a heavy police response.

The Capitol Police said that officers “observed an erratic and aggressive driver” headed east on Independence Avenue Southwest. When they tried to stop Everett, she made a U-turn and drove off, “nearly striking officers.”

Everett’s car struck at least one other vehicle and before it was stopped at Washington and Independence avenues in Southwest.

During the pursuit and arrest, “shots were fired,” U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki told reporters at a news conference Wednesday morning. She declined to say how many shots were fired but said no one was injured.

A woman, center, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A woman, center, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody.

Capitol Hill police stand guard at the Botanical Gardens on Capitol Hill on Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, after a woman struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser with a vehicle near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker)
Capitol Hill police stand guard at the Botanical Gardens on Capitol Hill on Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, after a woman struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser with a vehicle near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said.

A woman, left, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A woman, left, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A woman, center, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A woman, center, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Armed U.S. Capitol Police officer take position near the Botanic Gardens in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. A woman struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser with a vehicle near the Capitol and was taken into custody, police said.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Armed U.S. Capitol Police officer take position near the Botanic Gardens in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. A woman struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser with a vehicle near the Capitol and was taken into custody, police said.

Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. The woman’s car remained on Independence Avenue for several hours after the incident. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (WTOP/Rick McClure)

Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (WTOP/Rick McClure)

Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (WTOP/Rick McClure)

Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (WTOP/Rick McClure)

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A woman, center, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Capitol Hill police stand guard at the Botanical Gardens on Capitol Hill on Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, after a woman struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser with a vehicle near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker)
A woman, left, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A woman, center, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Armed U.S. Capitol Police officer take position near the Botanic Gardens in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. A woman struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser with a vehicle near the Capitol and was taken into custody, police said.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

“This incident appears to be criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism,” Malecki said.

Part of Independence Avenue was closed until about 12:15 p.m. after the incident; however, the Capitol complex remained open to visitors.

WTOP’s Letese’ Clark and Neal Augenstein contributed to this report.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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