US Capitol Police Officer Injured as Car Crashes Into Barrier

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Streets around the US Capitol in Washington are in lockdown after a vehicle crashed through a barrier and injured a police officer near the Library of Congress at Capitol Hill.

The incident began when a auto being driven erratically came close to hitting the cruiser parked at its post along Independence Avenue.

The vehicle rammed into a USCP cruiser near the Library of Congress, according to Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram.

Whether the first auto was connected to the incident or if the driver of the second vehicle was distracted remains unclear.

The Capitol Police distributed an email calling the auto "suspicious" and announcing that they would "disrupt the vehicle's trunk" as a "precaution". The incident was still ongoing shortly after 2 p.m.

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The individual was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

"There is no evidence to indicate any nexus to terrorism at this time", a USCP update read.

The officer and driver of the auto suffered minor injuries. The officer has since been released from the hospital, according to police.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.