WASHINGTON (AP) Officials say the woman shot dead after attempting to drive past a White House security barrier and then leading officers on a chase toward the Capitol is a 34-year old from Connecticut.
She is Miriam Carey of Stamford. Carey had a 1-year-old girl in the car with her. The child wasn't harmed.
A former employer of Carey says she was fired from her job as a dental hygienist about a year ago.
Periodontist Brian Evans of Hamden, Conn., says Carey had been a good employee. He said Friday there was nothing unusual about her departure and he declined to go into further detail.
He said Carey left the office shortly after she was hospitalized with a head injury she suffered in a fall down a staircase.
Washington D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier says she's confident the incident was not an accident. Capitol Police don't believe there was a terrorist link.
The woman's car at one point had been surrounded by police cars and she managed to escape, zipping around a traffic circle and past the north side of the Capitol. Video shot by a TV cameraman showed police pointing firearms at her car before she rammed a Secret Service vehicle and continued driving. Lanier said police shot and killed her a block northeast of the Capitol.
Carey's mother says her daughter had post-partum depression. She also says her daughter had "no history of violence" and she didn't know why she was in Washington, D.C.
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