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Sisters: Capitol Police Wrongfully Shot Woman

Monday, 07 Oct 2013 11:09 PM

By Cathy Burke

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A Connecticut woman who rammed her car into a White House gate last week was not delusional — only frightened and trying to run away from police — when she was fatally shot, her family told the "Today" show Monday.

Miriam Carey, 34, was in the wrong place at the wrong time Thursday, her sisters said.

"My sister was fleeing. She was trying to figure out how to get out of there," sister Valerie Carey said.

The family also disputed that Carey, a dental hygienist, was delusional and thought President Barack Obama was trying to communicate with her.

"She didn't have any disputes or political agenda," sister Amy Carey Jones told NBC. "She never talked badly about President Obama, she was not walking around delusional, which is what we want the public to understand. She was not delusional."

Valarie Carey made similar remarks to the Daily News the day after the violence, saying her sister had been treated for post-partum depression but was being taken off her medication.

"But that doesn’t mean she’s crazy or that she deserved to have been killed," she told the News.

Carey had driven to the nation's capital with her 1-year-old daughter, and was spotted speeding through the streets. Armed police, with their weapons drawn, ordered her to pull over, but she refused.

At one point she was seen completely stopped and surrounded by officers before she rammed a cruiser blocking her path and sped away.

Police say Carey was suffering "serious degradation in her mental health" and that sparked the incident, the News reported.

But her sisters disagreed.

"What I do see is that perhaps my sister was a little afraid being surrounded by officers with their guns drawn," Valarie Carey told NBC. "If she was not supposed to be in a restricted area, how was she allowed to drive in that area?"

Amy Carey Jones said the family was "trying to make sense of it. There is an investigation going on, but we have a lot of questions."




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