The 34-year-old Connecticut woman who was shot and killed by police after a harrowing high-speed chase from the White House to Capitol Hill was delusional, believing that President Obama was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.
The official, who had been briefed on the investigation, spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.
Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., has been identified as the driver of the black luxury sedan that first rammed a barrier at the White House, then sped to Capitol Hill, defying attempts by armed police to stop her Thursday afternoon.
She was shot and killed fleeing her car near the Hart Senate Office Building.
Carey is believed to have traveled directly to Washington immediately before the car chase, the official said. A 1-year-old girl was in the car, though she avoided serious injury and was taken into protective custody.
Source: USA Today