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October 3, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine confirmed that the suspect who led police on a chase from the White House to the Capitol was female, but was hesitant to confirm other details.

Dine told reporters that a “vehicle in vicinity of the White House” attempted to cross barricade, was stopped by the Secret Service and “shots were potentially fired.”

Media witnessed a child being removed from the suspect’s car after the driver was shot. “Possibly we believe there was a child in the car,” Dine said. “I don’t have a condition on the person in the car at this time.”

“On the way one of our officers was struck; as far as we know no officer was shot,” he said. It’s unclear if the suspect actually fired any of the shots heard on the Hill — accounts range from five to 13 — or had a gun.

“We have no information that this is related to terrorism or is anything other than an isolated incident,” the chief added.

Witnesses have told media that a woman driving a black car approached a checkpoint at the White House, pulled away after “words were exchanged,” and may have hit a security barrier in the process. She drove away toward the Capitol, running red lights along the way, and officers were given the authorization to use force to stop her.

Two witnesses told CNN that the black car already bore bullet holes as it fled the White House. They said the driver was not being referred to as a shooter.

The Senate sergeant-at-arms said the Capitol Police officer was hurt when his car crashed into the security barrier at Constitution and New Jersey avenues. He also said the officer’s injuries are not life-threatening.

The House went back into session at 3:30 p.m.

Capitol Police were canvassing the area for witnesses.

UPDATE (6:30 p.m.): House Homeland Security Committee Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said the suspect is a 34-year-old African-American woman, “possibly with some mental health issues.”

The child in the car, an 18-month-old girl, was taken into protective custody.

“The FBI is digging into the background of this individual to see what, if anything, is there,” McCaul said.

One reporter at the most recent press conference with law enforcement officials asked if the suspect, who died from police gunshots, is Somali.

“We’re actually not talking about the suspect at this stage,” Dine said.

Ed Donovan of the Secret Service said one of his officers was struck by the suspect’s black coupe with Connecticut plates at 15th and E streets.

“This incident is under investigation but at this point an unauthorized vehicle tried to gain access at an outer checkpoint,” Donovan said. “Our officers acted appropriately…there were no shots fired at the White House.”

Dine confirmed that the other injury was the Capitol Police officer who crashed his car into a barricade, a 23-year veteran who was still at the hospital but is “doing well.”

“All around the capitol the security worked exceptionally well,” Dine said.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier wouldn’t answer questions about whether the suspect was armed, but confirmed that shots were fired in two locations: Garfield Circle, as seen in the Al-Hurra video, and near the Capitol office buildings.

“This does not appear to be in any way an accident,” Lanier said, with “two security perimeters attempted to be breached.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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If this had happened under ANY Republican administration, every channel would be on a twenty-four hour news cycle:

"The president's personal gestapo, jack-booted, machine-gun-wielding thugs, mowed down a mentally distraught African American mother in her car for daring to approach too closely to the capitol. The screaming baby was yanked from the wreckage as her mother died in the front seat. Questions abound: why was the president afraid of a black woman and a baby? Is he more a racist, or anti-woman? Why does the president's gestapo carry machine guns? Is he planning to open fire on more Americans? Tea party racist guns rightwing hate extremist racist blah blah."

But, oops, in Obama's America, that line can't be as easily spun. How, oh how, can this be spun in Barry's favor?
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The woman involved may have been nothing more than a motorist confused by all the new barricades. Supposedly, she "fled" when police attempted to stop her, but we really don't know anything yet.

This may have been a tragic result of the Obama regime's attempt to turn everything onto political theater, and the police may now be trying to come up with a convincing story about an over-reaction on their part.
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Now wouldn't that be a (sad) hoot if it turns out the woman was simply a mother who got turned around by the new barryers that have been put up, inadvertently bumped one of them, an officer overreacts and starts shooting, the woman - with her child in the vehicle - elects to try to get away from the ones shooting bullets into her vehicle and endangering her life and the life of her child, and ends up dead in a hail of gunfire?

Not saying it happened that way, but it's as valid a theory as anything we'll hear from the Lamestreams for the next 12 or so hours.
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It's just possible the poor dead woman fled her vehicle when the brave police began shooting at it in order to prevent them from murdering her child. How long do we watch the new order? How many more die? Perhaps it's time to clean house. Check firearms, count ammo, save what's left of the USA.
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Welcome to Obama's America, where the rules of obedience for citizens is the same as POWs at a Nazi camp. Step too close to the barbed wire fence for any reason whatsoever and expect the guards will shoot you to death on the spot.
As details being to emerge (not that the MSM asks any real questions) it looks more and more like this young woman was just another bewildered out of state motorist confused by the awkwardly placed and largely unmarked, no-signs barricades (ranging from tank-stopping concrete walls to flimsy sawhorses) thrown up around DC. Last time I looked, many GPS map programs even show those streets as still open and try to route drivers through them. I've lived in DC and I've watched the endless stream of confused, lost tourists who pull up to the barricades to ask uniformed officers where they can drive to to get a better glimpse of the WH. This goes on all day. For some reason, this time one or more of the specific WH cops decided to start shooting into her vehicle. Once one officer begins firing, all hell breaks loose, chaos and adrenaline take over, and someone is guaranteed to die in a self-fulfilling hail of police .40 caliber rounds. Her fate was sealed no matter what she did from that instant on.
As a DC resident I'll point out some falsehoods in the reporting. The 'wild chase' lasted only a few blocks, it's a very short drive ( or walk) from the WH to the Capitol; Jimmy Carter walked it carrying his suitcase for his 1976 inauguration. For someone in a Lexus sedan, the barriers around both the WH and the Capitol are equally impregnable. No way she was ever going to get past all that concrete at either location. Her vehicle was never a 'threat'. The only officer injured did it to himself, crashing (and totalling) his taxpayer-provided police car into a concrete fixed barricade in a one-man-accident. We'll never know the real truth of what happened in those handful of chaotic minutes, or what she was thinking. But my experience of combat and of LEO behavior in high-adrenaline situations tells me that once these over-excited ramped-up Feds had her surrounded, her shooting death was assured. It's how they are trained now, it's nowadays the only possible conclusion they are trained for in a multiple-officer, shots-already-fired pursuit.
Interesting no one has mentioned the parallel to this shooting and the shooting death of Jeff Bridges' innocent-patriot character in 'Arlington Road' when he is mistaken for a terrorist driving towards a government building.
Hmm.
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I watched the video and it doesn't match what I hear the authorities saying. I am not ready to take their word that she rammed the barricades trying to get to the WH. Show me the tape with that on it! Even if that happened it doesn't justify the compete over reaction by the authorities!!

It looks to me that they pulled their guns and were trying to order her out of her car. She seems to have panicked at that point and tries to drive off. Hitting the barricade. You can see and hear them on the tape SHOOTING at HER (with the baby in the car) as she tries to get out of harm's way. ???

Did they not see the BABY IN THE CAR when she was initially stopped? Or did they not care at that point? Why didn't they care? ??? What were the these guys thinking!

IF she is guilty of anything it is not getting out of her car, (with baby in back) with four men with guns trained on her. I would NOT have gotten out of the care either.

The reports and stories of her 'mental issues' are very low and despicable attempt to justify the complete OVER REACTION of the SS and Capitol Police in this matter.

Somebody needs to answer for this DEAD WOMAN who's apparent only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time in front of idiots with badges and guns!

I can not be more disgusted by this incident. Shame on the entire lot of them that allowed this to happen.
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Chief Dine's "“shots were potentially fired” is as credible as the training of the D.C. police force. Were the shots fired or not? "Potentiallly" does not inform the listner or reader but expose the Chief's incredible failure to say anything of value.
What the 20 minute chase of the unarmed woman in her vehicle exposes the lack any coordination of any squad of officers either of the D.C. Capitol Police or the Secret Service.
Chasing a car for 20 minutes, wrecking a police car,and likely hitting an officer with a bullet is disgraceful and exposes by the Capitol police and SS
ridicule, deservedly so.
A platoon of skilled and trained terrorist would expose the flaws for the 200 cops and their weapons to harm. There is not thoughtful coordination among the lot of them. They remind me of a posse that gets a late start and fires wildly.
Or, as i have written elsewhre, The Keystone Kops are the motto and emblem of the Capitol Police and the SS.
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I attempted to correct the errors but the site master did not permit the editing. jag
1 year ago
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If this had happened under ANY Republican administration, every channel would be on a twenty-four hour news cycle:

"The president's personal gestapo, jack-booted, machine-gun-wielding thugs, mowed down a mentally distraught African American mother in her car for daring to approach too closely to the capitol. The screaming baby was yanked from the wreckage as her mother died in the front seat. Questions abound: why was the president afraid of a black woman and a baby? Is he more a racist, or anti-woman? Why does the president's gestapo carry machine guns? Is he planning to open fire on more Americans? Tea party racist guns rightwing hate extremist racist blah blah."

But, oops, in Obama's America, that line can't be as easily spun. How, oh how, can this be spun in Barry's favor?
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It seems that the more timid and cowardly the US becomes on the world stage, the more heavy-handed and sadistic security personnel become towards civilians here at home.

Can anyone imagine something like this happening when FDR was in the white house, and we had millions of men deployed in Europe and the Pacific?
1 year ago
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So, where is Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and all the activist marchers?

Or is it somehow inconvenient to protest the shooting by law enforcement of a black woman in her own car with her infant child in the backseat in Washington, DC when Obama is still in office?

Regardless of whether the shooting was justified or not (and the jury is definitely still out on that) their outrage seems extremely selective.
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“All around the capitol the security worked exceptionally well,” Dine said.

ALL RIGHTY THEN!!!!!!!! JOB DONE!!!!!!

Tragic and farcal at the same time.
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“All around the capitol the security worked exceptionally well,” Dine said.

This comment made me sick to my stomach!!!

A WOMAN is DEAD and a child has lost its mother because you dolts don't know how to make a proper stop! Someone please tell this Capital Police Chief' that theses comments are totally ignorant and irritating at the same time.

Its is like a Doctor saying that the cure "worked perfectly", but the patient is DEAD! What a sorry excuse for a 'Chief"
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Why did this woman have to die? It's as simple as that...and can anyone explain? This is very tragic...the sorrow we should feel can be tempered with at least a modicum of common sense from the idiots who reside in DC. But I'm not counting on it.
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The President's sociopathic need to infect everything that happens in DC with an Us versus Them paranoia probably was the cause of this tragedy, not that he and his minions are capable of seeing it that way. They're just feeling annoyed and perturbed because it was an unarmed black woman and not a white male Tea Partier carrying an arsenal of weapons. Prayers for the woman and her innocent child.
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