Cop hurt as ‘suspicious’ auto crashes into Capitol barrier

Cops described “observing an erratic and aggressive” driver in the streets of Washington.

NBC 4 is reporting that a vehicle crashed into a security barrier, while FOX 5 repored a auto crashed into a Capitol Police cruiser.

Capitol Hill police confirmed there were “shots fired” as cops tried to stop the vehicle and arrest the suspect.

A U.S. Capitol Police officer is injured after a vehicle crashed into a barrier Monday afternoon near the Library of Congress and U.S. Capitol Building.

Police have not identified the driver.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Capitol Police said they were preparing to use a small explosive to forcefully open the trunk, and the department warned that “a loud noise associated with this activity” would be heard. Capitol Police warned there could be a loud noise as police “disrupt” the trunk of the vehicle.

Katherine Gypson, reporter for VOA, said: “Police continuing to investigate suspicious vehicle at Independence & 1st, just heard planned controlled detonation here on Capitol Hill”.

Officers on scene have reportedly carried out a “controlled explosion”.