Woman Shot and Killed by Capitol Police as she tried to Ram Security Barriers near the White House
On Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, a woman driving a black Nissan Infiniti tried to ram a security barricade near the White House in Washington D.C. The Nissan Infiniti was registered to Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Connecticut.
The event began at 2:12 p.m. ET when the driver of the black Infiniti rammed into a temporary barrier at 15th and E Streets NW. In addition to ramming the barrier, the car also hit a police officer who was standing near the barricade.
Secret Service officers who were near the area of the incident chased the woman east on Pennsylvania Avenue but did not shoot.
The car began speeding eastbound as Capitol Police Officers pursued. During the chase, a 23-year-veteran officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he crashed into a barrier.
Police surrounded the woman’s car, but she managed to get away. As she drove away, she rammed into a Secret Service vehicle. The Capitol Police fired their first shots at the suspect at this time.
The driver then drove down Constitution Avenue and stopped on Maryland Avenue NE, near the Hart Senate Office Building.
The chase ended 16 blocks away on Capital Hill. Capitol Police shot and killed the driver after she got out of her vehicle and tried to run.
A one year old child was in the car. The child was taken to a local Washington D.C. hospital and is reported to be in good condition.
The incident caused a brief lock down of the U.S. Capitol.
There were some reports that the woman fired shots, but no gun was recovered from the car. Police later indicated that all shots were fired by law enforcement.
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