Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:10PM
Shots were fired outside the Rayburn building on the grounds of the US Capitol, March 29, 2017. (Credit: The Washington Post)
Shots were fired outside the Rayburn building on the grounds of the US Capitol, March 29, 2017. (Credit: The Washington Post)

A female driver has attempted to run over police officers near the US Congress in Washington DC, authorities said.

Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday that the suspect struck a Capitol Police cruiser and then tried running over several officers who were on foot.

The Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson said the suspect has been taken into custody and no one was injured in the incident.

Some sources said that shots were also heard near the Capitol building.

The incident happened on Independence Avenue around 9:30 am local time, police said.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said the incident is "criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism."

Hearings on Capitol Hill are continuing as normal, and tourists are being allowed to return to the area. No motivation is known, and the woman has not been identified.

The incident follows a driving attack last week in London near the UK Parliament, where four people died and 50 others were injured.