The family of a woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after attempting to ram her car through a White House barrier is questioning how police handled the incident.
34-year-old Miriam Carey was killed on Thursday. Two police officers were injured during the incident.
Investigators found that Carey had a history of mental illness and had been under the delusion that the president was communicating with her.
Interviews with some of those who knew the Stamford resident suggested she was coming apart well before she loaded her 1-year-old daughter into the car for the 275-mile drive to Washington, D.C. Carey had suffered a head injury in a fall and had been fired as a dental hygienist, her former employer said. The federal law enforcement official, who had been briefed about the investigation but was not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, said investigators were interviewing Carey’s family about her mental state and examining writings found in her condominium. “We are seeing serious degradation in her mental health, certainly within the last 10 months, since December, ups and downs,” the official said. “Our working theory is her mental health was a significant driver in her unexpected presence in D.C. yesterday.”
After ramming a White House barricade, Carey led police on a chase to the Capitol where she was later killed.
Carey was found to be unarmed during the time of the incident.
Carey’s sisters are seeking answers about why she had to die. Amy Carey-Jones said on CNN on Friday there should’ve been “another way instead of shooting and killing an individual.”
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