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Video: U.S. Capitol Officer Injured In Pursuit, Suspect Killed

October 03, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Officers Fire at Suspect In D.C. Chase

A Connecticut woman who attempted to ram her car into a White House security barrier on Thursday afternoon was shot and killed at the U.S. Capitol after a pursuit in which two law enforcement officers were injured.

The pursuit began after a black sedan struck a security post at the White House entrance near 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. A bystander captured video from the pursuit that shows officers closing in the sedan and firing several shots as the driver rams a police vehicle before fleeing. That driver has been identified as Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygenist who once liked in Brooklyn, reports the New York Daily News.

With her year-old baby riding in a leased Infiniti, Carey led U.S. Capitol Police officers and Secret Service agents on a chase along the west side of Capitol Hill. At one point, the sedan struck a Capitol Police cruiser. The sedan then attempted to ram the gate at the Hart building, reports the Washington Post.

Photo via Kate Nocera/Twitter.
Photo via Kate Nocera/Twitter.
Carey was fatally shot multiple times by multiple officers after leaving her vehicle and attempting to flee the scene, reports CBS News.

The pursuit "appears to be an isolated incident" and is not considered a terrorist act, Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine told reporters.

U.S. Capitol police involved in the incident are not being paid and can't earn hazard pay due to the federal government's partial shutdown. Officers haven't been paid since Tuesday, reports Fox News.

The U.S. Capitol reopened about 40 minutes after reports of gunfire. Buzzfeed's Kate Nocera tweeted a photo of a prone officer firing a rifle at the scene.

Comments (17)

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Brian Wild @ 10/3/2013 12:08 PM

Thoughts and prayers to the officer who was shot and wounded!

Michaela Anne @ 10/3/2013 12:39 PM

Prayers for wounded officer. When will. This violence end? The human race portrays more violent acts than any other animal species!! I'm thinking that even with all advancement in all forms of technology the Evolution of the Human race is just going backwards

George @ 10/3/2013 3:57 PM

This story is very poorly written by someone who seriously needs to go back for some more classes in journalism. Please chose a more appropriate and capable author for articles like this in the future and have this article submitted again.

Semper Bo @ 10/3/2013 4:02 PM

We pray for a speedy and full recovery for our officer. On the other side of this, how can the officers work on a no pay status? Are they not covered under FLSA? What about the injured officer? Does no pay mean no workmen's comp, and possibly no disability? I'm grateful police have the good character to keep us safe (and the Capitol) even when those who occupy the Capitol consciously choose not to pay them.

Yeti @ 10/4/2013 3:34 AM

If a citizen shoots an unarmed citizen running away from a crime scene then it's murder because there was no longer a threat so it's not self defense. When multiple officers shoot multiple times and kill an unarmed citizen running away from a crime scene it's "good job". Just wondering?! I know in the heat of battle you aren't sure if the perp is armed but she hadn't shot yet, couldn't we have tried to tackle her or could she really outrun that many trained officers? In Chicago we here about perps shooting people all the time but the officers run them down and take them into custody because if they shot the perp it would be.excessive use of force. Maybe the Capitol Police can come to Chicago and help thereby relieving some of the overcrowding in the cook county and state prisons. Odd how the law works.

S.S. @ 10/4/2013 5:43 AM

Yeti you are a MORON! Tackle?? REALLY???

Chief @ 10/4/2013 6:11 AM

Stole this from sarge927 , but is an excellent answer in this incident...
Legally, a law enforcement officer cannot use deadly force unless he/she believes there is an imminent threat to himself/herself or any innocent bystanders. Simply put, if a police officer orders someone to stop and that person takes off, all the police officer can do legally is chase them. There is no "imminent threat" if a felon is running away. Now, if the felon is armed and runs toward an innocent bystander, the police officer could make a judgment call and shoot based on imminent threat to the innocent bystander. However, that would probably be subject to a review board. BOTTOM LINE: If a felon runs and is not posing a threat to life or limb of someone else, a police officer cannot legally shoot the felon.
Tennessee Vs, Garner ruling by the Supreme Court

Jim @ 10/4/2013 6:44 AM

None of you armchair quarterbacks were there; stop second guessing!!

Ordinary Joe @ 10/4/2013 6:54 AM

Stop second guessing?!? Are you for real! An unarmed woman shot by multiple officers and you do not think this will be dissected to the n-th degree? Hope the departments have good lawyers.

I am waiting to see the final report, but seriously believe it will never see the light of day. All this to protect the Cowards on Capitol Hill.

Lt @ 10/4/2013 7:59 AM

You have to wonder why Alhurra (Middle East TV) was the only camera crew in the area to get this on video. Did they know something was going to happen? Also, was this an armored rental car? Rammed several barriers, police cruisers and multiple shots fired at it and it does not appear to have any damage to it. Did anyone see the Capital Police car that was mangled? It looks like a train hit it.

Ordinary Joe @ 10/4/2013 8:14 AM

@Lt The police vehicle hit the barricade on its own. It was not struck by the woman. The barricade is part of the defensive perimeter to prevent VBIEDs.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/4/2013 10:10 AM

The news says the woman was unarmed. I saw the video and to me it looked like she was using her vehicle as a weapon. The police had no choice but to protect themselfs and the general public. The woman was in violation of assault with a deadly weapon (the vehicle being the weapon).

S.S. @ 10/4/2013 10:54 AM

Ordinary joe is at it again. Did you view the location of where this occurred? Did you view what she used as a weapon? Something tells me you did but did not understand. So try to follow me here. It occurred at the W.H. to the Capitol. Second she used her vehicle as a weapon. Are you starting to understand now. She injured a couple of officers. So someone had to stop her. AND FOR NO PAY!!!! DUMBASS!!! These officers did it for no pay. They risked their lives for no pay. Can u comprehend that? Look at the news channels and read or view what this person was like. She was a NUTJOB!!!

Jay. @ 10/4/2013 12:43 PM

She was using the car as a weapon, so the officers had all the right to use deadly-force. Job well done. Speedy recovery to everyone

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/5/2013 9:05 AM

Why do highly trained police officers always fire at a vehicle in a crossfire configuration? (usually a very tight circle with officers on all sides) This isn't an isolated incident either, it happens eveywhere. Police Officers are never taught to ever encircle a car and fire at each other but they always do it. I am aware of officer deaths in other incidents from other officers rounds while using this configuration but the mistake is repeated over and over again. This is a training problem and should be addressed quickly. The shooting was a righteous shoot but the tactics were dangerously flawed.

Chuck McKenzie @ 10/5/2013 9:13 AM

Looney Tunes girl bought her own ticket to the shooting gallery, and should have either been committed or had a family member force-feed her the necessary medications. Please officers, when writing responses, proofread them and use spellcheck. I have never seen such atrocious grammar, spelling and punctuation in my life.

michael @ 10/5/2013 3:03 PM

If you're not in law enforcement, SHUT UP and find another profession to agitate. For once, cops should have a site accessed only by other cops.

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