Auto strikes barrier, police cruiser near Library of Congress

Police officer hit by a black car on Capitol Hill

U.S. Capitol Police have cleared the suspicious vehicle at 2nd Street and Independence Avenue Southeast.

The Senate Press Gallery warned on Twitter that there would be "loud noise" while authorities deal with the suspicious vehicle.

The officer and driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

The vehicle crashed around 11:45 the intersection of Independence Avenue and Second Street SE, according to Capitol Police spokesperson Eva Malecki.

"There is no evidence to indicate any nexus to terrorism at this time", Malecki said in a statement.

The driver, whose identity has not been released by officials, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon-vehicle, assaulting a police officer (felony), aggravated reckless driving, and no valid permit.

The shooting happened late Sunday in the 900 block of D Street NE near Maryland Avenue in the Capitol Hill area.

Police have confirmed the incident is "criminal" in nature and not believed to have any terror links. The officer also was taken to the hospital and released after being treated for minor injuries.

The man, who has no distinguishing marks or tattoos, is described as Hispanic between 35 and 40 years old, police said.



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