New York Post – by Larry Celona
A dental hygienist from Connecticut was the female driver who tried to ram her car into a White House barricade and was shot dead near the US Capitol after a high-speed chase through Washington streets Thursday afternoon, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Sources said Miriam Carey, who formerly lived in Brooklyn, was licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut and had a permit to work as a hygienist in Connecticut prisons.
At least a dozen gunshots were fired when she tried to flee cops, who had trapped her two blocks from the Capitol. She was believed to have been hit several times.
A child believed to be a girl about 2 or 3 years old was found unhurt in her black Infiniti sedan, which had Connecticut license plates.
Authorities had no immediate explanation of the woman’s motive. But Capitol Police chief Kim Dine told reporters there was no reason to believe it was an act of terrorism “or anything other than an isolated incident.”
ABC News said the 34-year-old woman had a history of mental health issues. A task force of FBI and Secret Service agents was executing a search warrant at her Connecticut home, CNN said.
The incident began when the woman got into an argument with officers at a security barricade outside the White House and crashed her Lexus into the barricade about 2 p.m. witnesses said.
Then she drove up Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Capitol, with at least 20 police and Secret Service cars in hot pursuit.
A witness told the Washington Post that the woman drove up the west side of the Capitol where a police cruiser blocked her path.
Police ordered her to get out of the sedan. But she threw the car in reverse, jumped a curb and hit another cruiser as she fled to the south side of the Capitol, the witness, Frank Schwing, said. Police opened fire as she fled.
Patty Bills, who works at Faith and Action, a Christian outreach group near the shooting scene, said she saw officers firing at the driver. It was not immediately clear whether the driver was armed.
“We heard three, four, five pops,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa)., who was walking from the Capitol to an office building across the street. Police ordered Casey and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection, then hustled everyone into the Capitol.
One police officer was injured, apparently when his car was struck. Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said his injuries were not life threatening.
The incident ended at 2nd Street and Constitution Avenue, two blocks from the Capitol and between the US Supreme Court building and the Hart Senate Office Building.
US Capitol Police ordered a lockdown of the complex, telling people in House office buildings to “shelter in place.” President Obama was briefed about the incident at the White House. The lockdown was lifted after 3 p.m.
There was no weapon in the woman’s car and she carried no ID, ABC News reported.
5 thoughts on “DC attacker a dental hygienist, shot dead after chase”
Her car was a late model Infiniti. Had she tried to “ram” through a barricade of pipe secured with concrete footing/piling, her SRS would have blown the air bags. And, if you have ever been in a minor accident, you know that a blown bag will also disable the engine ignition for a duration (15+ minutes). There is more to this story.
good for her
Looking at the video are least a dozen police had guns directed at the driver, some within only 2 feet from the drivers head. But why was it not one had the instinct, judgement or training to shoot out the tires and disable the car. It’s a clear insight into the attitude, mentality and moral cultural decay of those operating in today’s militarized police state. Even my 90 year old father made the same initial observation.
Yes, I’m sure she had a history of mental problems. She looks so happy in the picture. (sarcasm)
Can any of these incidents have ONE and I mean ONE person who they can say just did it for the hell of it and had ZERO mental health problems? I mean really. There’s no way that EVERY one of them had mental health problems. So does throwing a shoe at someone means they have a mental problem, too? Well, maybe it did when Bush Jr. was in office. How about giving someone the middle finger. I’m sure that’s a mental problem. I’m so sick of every negative (or positive) thing being classified as a mental problem. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!
And for the record, regardless of the bullshit mental issue excuse which no one believes anyways, this whole story is still completely bogus. No one saw a woman in that car and there was no body shown and just showing a picture of someone means nothing to me until I see that body. The police never shot the tires when they should have. The airbag didn’t go off and how come they don’t show the picture of the supposed baby who survived. It’s funny how they save the children. Gotta use that to play that “think of the children” propaganda crap again like Sandy Hoax. And it happens the day they had a drill going on in DC. How convenient, yet again. FALSE FLAG!