The Connecticut woman shot to death by police after she tried to drive through barricades outside the White House held the delusional belief that the president was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said.
Authorities said Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford set off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown Thursday and caused panic in a city where a gunman killed 12 people two weeks ago.
Carey was traveling with her 1-year-old daughter who avoided serious injury and was taken into protective custody.
The chain of events began Thursday when Carey sped onto a driveway leading to the White House, over a set of barricades.
When she couldn’t get through a second barrier, she spun the car in the opposite direction and then sped down Pennsylvania Avenue. Then the chase began.trans Miriam Carey, Woman Killed In Capitol Chase, Thought Obama Was Listening To Her
She was surrounded by police cars, but drove off, careening around a traffic circle and past the north side of the Capitol. Video shot by a TV cameraman showed police pointing firearms at her car before she rammed a Secret Service vehicle and continued driving.
“When I heard gunfire, about five or six rounds, that’s when my wife and I just dropped to the ground,” said witness Edmund Ofori-Attah.
Police shot and killed Carey a block away.
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