A Connecticut woman who was shot and killed by Capitol Police in Washington, D.C. Thursday may have suffered from postpartum depression and paranoid delusions.
Miriam carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist, was shot after she rammed a gate on the southeast side of the White House on Thursday.
According to a NBC report, Carey believed President Obama was stalking her.
Her mother, Idella Carey, told ABC News Carey suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter Erica last year.
The 1-year-old girl was in the back seat of Carey’s black Nissan Infinity sedan when she drove 270 miles from her home in suburban Stamford.
Witnesses say Carey plowed her car into a barrier near the White House, hitting a Secret Service officer who tried to wave her down. The impact sent him flying over the car’s hood. The Secret Service officer sustained minor injuries.
Capitol Police officers opened fire on the car as Carey sped off. She led Capitol Police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Washington, D.C. One officer was injured when he lost control of his cruiser and slammed into a concrete barrier.
Moments later, Carey rammed her car into a gate near the U.S. Capitol. Police surrounded the car and fired a dozen rounds into the vehicle.
Carey was later pronounced dead at a D.C. hospital. Miraculously little Erica was not injured. She is in the care of child protective services.
Her former boss, Dr. Brian Evans, told the NY Daily News Carey fell down a flight of stairs two years ago and sustained a “significant” head injury.
But he said she showed no signs of mental deficits. He said it was during her hospital stay that she discovered she was pregnant with Erica.
“She seemed happy,” Evans said. When they let her go last year, “it was nothing related to any mental problems that we were in tune to,” he said.
But Evans said Carey had a short temper. He recalled that she became agitated when he asked her to stop parking in a handicapped spot at the medical building.
“She got very angry with that, so that started some friction. And then from there she was never insubordinate per se, or anything like that, but she tended to go against the grain a bit,” said Evans.
Investigators did not find any weapons in Carey’s car. Ironically, the Capitol Police are working without pay during the government shutdown which dragged into its 4th day today.
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