Woman leads capitol police on chase
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 02:10
The U.S. Capitol was on lockdown Thursday after a Connecticut dental hygienist attempted to force her car through a security gate at the White House. Police and Secret Service officers fired at least 17 shots at the woman, who was killed after leading the police on a chase past the Capitol.
Injuries included one Secret Service officer who was hit by the woman’s car and one Capitol Police officer who crashed his car into a barricade during the chase. The woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey, was unarmed and had her 18-month-old daughter in the car with her. The daughter was not harmed during the chase, according to law enforcement officials on the scene.
Carey was reported as having a history of mental issues. Her sisters said Carey had been struggling with depression and psychotic episodes after the birth of her child. While investigators are unsure of Carey’s motives, officials believe that her mental health may have contributed to the incident.
Her sisters have publicly questioned whether officers at the scene could have avoided using deadly force. Carey’s child has been temporarily placed with a foster family while the family services department determines where to place the child.