US Capitol Police Officer Injured as Car Crashes Into Barrier

A "suspicious vehicle" rammed into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser Monday afternoon near the Library of Congress, according to officials.

A statement from US Capitol Police said: "The U.S. Capitol Police are continuing to investigate a suspicious vehicle located at Second Street and Independence Avenue SE".

The officer and driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Police have said the incident is not terror related.

Several people at the scene yelled "fire in the hole!" as police "disrupted" the trunk of the auto with a loud explosion in order to search it.

Police have yet to release information on the driver - but they are also believed to have been injured, reports the Washington Examiner.

Independence Avenue SE is closed between Washington Avenue and Third Street.

The conditions of those who were injured were not known. Pennsylvania Avenue SE is closed between Third Street and Second Street.

It was not immediately known whether the incidents are connected.

Police gave pursuit as the driver did a U-Turn - crashing into another auto - before heading towards Capitol Hill. The officer in the cruiser sustained minor injuries.

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

Vanessa Coleman

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