Forensic Psychologist: DC Police Shooting Justified

Friday, 04 Oct 2013 05:57 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A top forensic psychologist says Washington police were justified in fatally shooting a Connecticut woman who tried to crash a barrier at the White House with her car and led them on a wild car chase.

"Their job is to reduce risk and threat and keep themselves safe and protect the public and it's just part of what they have to do is to do what they have to do to keep people safe," Dr. Kris Mohandie told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"What's important to recognize is they have moments, if not milliseconds, sometimes, to respond and then we as a public get days, weeks, months, and years to second guess what happened in those moments."

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On Thursday, Miriam Carey, 34, was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after attempting to ram her car — with her 1-year-old daughter in the backseat — through a White House barrier.

Officials say she had been under the delusion that President Barack Obama was communicating with her. Carey's mother said she was suffering from postpartum depression.

"Obviously there were some warning signs that we're learning about, that she was having some difficulties," said Mohandie, who worked for the Los Angeles Police Department Threat Management Unit.

"You have a woman who's got these apparent delusions. People who get delusional — fortunately, most of them are not dangerous — but some are if they believe that they're being done harm by the person that they may falsely believe is communicating with them or doing wrong deeds to them.

"So the fact that she was doing what she was doing suggests that she was in a very delusional, probably psychotic state of mind, very unpredictable, and then her behavior on top of it did underscore that she was an imminent risk to the people that were around her," Mohandie said.

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