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Woman rams checkpoint, killed by cops on Capitol Hill

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The Connecticut woman who was shot and killed in a hail of police gunfire after she slammed her vehicle into a barricade and a Secret Service officer near the White House suffered from postpartum depression, according to her mother.

Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Conn., was ordered by officers to get out of the car at gunpoint. She turned around and fled with her baby inside, prompting a police chase on Thursday afternoon.

The woman's car slammed into a Secret Service police car Garfield Circle and kept going, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, or MPD. During the chase, a Capitol police officer was hurt when his patrol car crashed, police said.

The chase ended when the woman's car crashed in the 100 block of Maryland Avenue NE, police said, near the Hart Senate office building. Police officers fired multiple shots during the incident, and the woman was killed, MPD said. Witnesses reported hearing as many as a dozen shots.

Carey's mother, Idella Carey, told ABC News Thursday night that her daughter began suffering from post-partum depression after giving birth to her daughter, Erica, last August.

"A few months later, she got sick," she said. "She was depressed. ... She was hospitalized."

Idella Carey said her daughter had "no history of violence" and she didn't know why she was in Washington on Thursday. She said she thought Carey was taking Erica to a doctor's appointment in Connecticut.

Carey was a dental hygienist. Her boss, Dr. Steven Oken, described Carey as a person who was "always happy."

"I would never in a million years believe that she would do something like this," he said. "It's the furthest thing from anything I would think she would do, especially with her child in the car. I am floored that it would be her."

Police pulled the baby, about 1 year old, from the car, and brought her to a hospital. She was not injured, police said.

The injured Secret Service officer and Capital police officer are expected to recover.

Authorities did not say if Carey was armed, but several reports indicated that she was not.

"This appears to be an isolated, singular matter, with, at this point, no nexus to terrorism," Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said Thursday.

Carey's car had Connecticut plates, which led FBI and police to investigate at a condominium home in Stamford, where they carried out a search warrant.

As the incident unfolded, authorities placed the White House and U.S. Capitol on a security lockdown, which was lifted just before 3 p.m.

Authorities quickly directed people who were standing outside the Supreme Court to go inside the court building as the chase and shooting unfolded.

A Fox News reporter who was inside the Capitol building said Senate TV sets displayed a message for everyone in the building to "shelter in place."

The MPD said it is investigating the incident with help from the Secret Service, Capitol Police, and FBI.

The incident follows the mass shooting last month at the Washington Navy Yard.

 


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