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U.S. Capitol Police Arrest Erratic Driver on Capitol Grounds

March 29, 2017
Press Release

UPDATED – 5:40 p.m.

This morning at 9:22 a.m., United States Capitol Police (USCP) officers observed an erratic and aggressive driver traveling eastbound in the vicinity of 100 Independence Ave, SW.  

While USCP officers were attempting to stop the vehicle on Independence Avenue, the driver made a U-turn and fled the scene nearly striking officers.  The suspect’s vehicle struck at least one other vehicle.  The vehicle was stopped by USCP officers at Washington and Independence Avenue, SW.

During the attempt to take the adult female suspect into custody, shots were fired by USCP officers.  No individuals were injured during the arrest.  The investigation of this matter is being conducted by USCP Investigations Division and the USCP Office of Professional Responsibility. 

Throughout the incident the Capitol Complex remained open to the public, and the related traffic cuts on Independence Avenue were reopened at 12:14 p.m.

The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to USCP Headquarters for processing. 

The suspect was identified as Taleah EVERETT, age 20, no fixed address.

Everett was charged with seven counts of Assault on a Police Officer; two counts of Destruction of Property; Fleeing; Leaving After Colliding; and No Valid Permit. 

There is no evidence to indicate any nexus to terrorism at this point in the ongoing investigation.