Woman Shot Dead in Washington’s Capitol Suffered from Post-Partum Depression.

Miriam Carey, a 34 year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut, was apparently suffering from post-partum depression and other unspecified mental health issues when she crashed her car into the White House gate and led the police on a high speed chase around Washington.

On the afternoon of  Thursday, October 3, 2013, Carey attempted to plow through the gate of the White House. After unsuccessfully attempting to crash her sedan through the gate, she led the Capitol police on a high speed chase around the nation’s seat of government. When she was finally cornered and surrounded by screaming police officers, Carey attempted to drive though police cars and injured a police officer in the process. At this point, the Capitol Police opened fire, killing Carey after firing a dozen shots.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching Carey’s apartment in Stamford, Connecticut in an attempt to ascertain what drove Carey to behave as she did prior to her death. Carey’s friends, family and co-workers are in utter shock to learn that she was the woman in the news reports. It appears that none of Carey’s friends or family knew that she was in Washington D.C.  Police and federal investigators are unsure how long Carey has spent in the nation’s capital.

Carey’s mother has revealed that Carey suffered from severe post-partum depression after having her child. Police have referenced other mental health issues, but the details have not been reported pending an investigation by the FBI.

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