Multiple news outlets are reporting that law enforcement officers have identified 34-year-old dental hygienist Miriam Carey as the woman who was shot and killed by police outside the Capitol building on Oct. 3.
Police believe Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Conn., was the woman who crashed her black Infiniti into a security barrier outside the White House, and then sped off in direction of the U.S. Capitol, leading police on a wild chase on Oct. 3. Law enforcement officials say Miriam was unarmed, according to The Washington Post.
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Police were forced to shoot Miriam after she refused to stop her vehicle. Her one-year-old child was later found to be a passenger in her car. The child survived and is now in protective custody.
Police do not believe the incident was a terrorist act, but D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says, “I’m pretty confident this was not an accident,” according to The Huffington Post.
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Police shot at Miriam after they could not get her to stop her car, CNN reports. The chase ended when she crashed her vehicle into one of the police cars. Police fired more shots after the crash, and Miriam was hit multiple times.
Two law enforcement officers were injured in the chase, including one officer who was reportedly lifted out of his car by the jaws of life. Officials say both officers are now in good condition.
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