Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Reports said the woman driver shot dead by police near the Capitol Thursday after a car chase was a mother from Stamford, Connecticut.
The woman was Miriam Carey, 34, of Woodside Green, news reports cited sources privy to the investigation as saying. She is a licensed dental hygienist in Connecticut since 2009.
The reports were confirmed as Stamford police raided Carey’s condominium unit for evidence on Thursday night, shortly after police shot her dead while fleeing black Infiniti car outside the Hart Senate Office Building.
Carey’s family in Brooklyn, New York was surprised about the incident and told the media they are still gathering information before issuing a statement.
Carey tried to breach security barriers at a checkpoint near the White House around 2 p.m. Thursday. She reversed her car hitting a Secret Service agent and sped off towards the Capitol with squad cars in pursuit.
The chase ended at 2nd Street and Constitution Avenue, where the car was stopped by barricades and Carey fled. While fleeing, police shot her dead.
A baby was found inside her car and was taken in protective custody.
The shooting was heard inside the Capitol buildings near Constitution Avenue prompting Capitol police to order the lockdown of the buildings around 3 p.m. The lockdown was lifted half an hour later.