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Capitol shooting victims: Officer has non-life threatening injuries

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A woman driving a black Infiniti with a one-year-old child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade Thursday afternoon, then led police on a chase toward the Capitol, where police shot and killed her, officials said. Two officers were injured in the chase.

A Capitol Police cruiser sits outside MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Photo: Kris Van Cleave/WJLA

The pursuit began when the car with Connecticut plates sped onto the driveway leading to the White House, over a set of lowered barricades. When she couldn't get through a second barrier, she spun the car in the opposite direction, flipping a Secret Service officer over the hood of the car as she sped away, said B.J. Campbell, a visiting tourist from Portland, Ore.

A fleet of police and Secret Service cars chased the Infiniti toward Capitol Hill. An amateur video shows the car circling a fountain in front of the Capitol. The driver slows down as police approach, and then speeds away.

Chief Cathy Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department says two officers were injured, but both are expected to be OK. A 23-year Capitol Police veteran whose vehicle hit a barricade was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries. 

The suspect was also taken to MedStar where she was pronounced dead. 

The child removed  from the suspect's car was transported to Children's Hospital and is now in protective custody.

In an update released at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Thursday evening, MedStar Washington Hospital Center has stated that a male U.S. Capitol Police officer that was transported to the hospital’s Trauma Unit is in 'good condition.'


 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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