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US Attorney rules that shooting of woman near US Capitol was justified

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Taken from video footage at the White House checkpoint. An off-duty U.S. Secret Service police officer moved a bike rack in front of the exit path in an attempt to prevent her from leaving. She continued forward, pushing the rack into the officer. Taken from video footage at the White House checkpoint. An off-duty U.S. Secret Service police officer moved a bike rack in front of the exit path in an attempt to prevent her from leaving. She continued forward, pushing the rack into the officer.
WASHINGTON -

The U.S. Capitol and Secret Service officers who shot and killed a Connecticut woman after she led them on a chase last October have been cleared of wrongdoing. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says there is insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.

Just after 2 p.m. last October 3rd, Miriam Carey, with her young child in the backseat of her black sedan, drove into a White House checkpoint just off 15th Street in Northwest D.C.

Pictures released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office show Carey driving into the checkpoint and making a U-turn before striking an off-duty Secret Service officer who tried to place a barrier in front of her car.

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According to a timeline of events put together by investigators, Carey then drove down Pennsylvania Avenue running red lights before being stopped in Garfield Circle near the U.S. Capitol.

Video shot by a cameraman nearby shows several officers firing eight rounds at Carey's car as she attempts to drive away. She was not hit.

According to the timeline, Carey then drove up Constitution Avenue toward the Senate office buildings where the popup barricades had been deployed and she was unable to go any further.

Carey then reversed her vehicle toward a Capitol Police officer who opened fire along with a Secret Service officer.

Both officers fired nine times -- hitting the Connecticut woman five times in the neck and torso.

There is nothing in the report indicating why Carey may have been running from the police or why she went to the White House. She was not under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol and there were no weapons in the car.

Carey's family was told of the decision after prosecutors interviewed 60 witnesses and reviewed video footage and the autopsy.


Here are the details released by the U.S. Attorney's Office:
 
At 2:13 p.m., Ms. Carey, 34, of Stamford, Conn., drove into a well-marked, restricted White House checkpoint at 15th and E Streets NW, without authorization and without stopping.  After seeing Ms. Carey refuse to stop at the direction of two uniformed Secret Service officers, an off-duty U.S. Secret Service officer placed a metal bike rack in her path to block Ms. Carey’s exit.  Ms. Carey then struck the bike rack, and the off-duty Secret Service officer who was standing behind it, knocking both the bike rack and the officer onto the ground.  The incident at the White House checkpoint lasted about 30 seconds.
 
Ms. Carey then drove down Pennsylvania Avenue at speeds estimated at 40-80 mph, while weaving through traffic, and ignoring red lights. 
 
Four minutes after leaving the White House checkpoint, Ms. Carey arrived at Garfield Circle, one of two traffic circles in front of the U.S. Capitol. She drove into the circle going against the flow of traffic, almost hitting another vehicle head-on.  Ms. Carey then turned her vehicle towards the permanently-affixed black barriers that block vehicular traffic on the pedestrian walkway that leads to the steps of the U.S. Capitol.  The pursuing law enforcement officers blocked Ms. Carey’s exit from the left, right and rear of her vehicle, attempted to open her locked doors, and issued multiple commands for her to exit the vehicle.  Ms. Carey then put her vehicle in reverse and rammed the marked cruiser that was positioned behind her vehicle. 
 
After ramming the cruiser, Ms. Carey drove forward onto the sidewalk, forcing officers to run out of Ms. Carey’s path to avoid being struck by her vehicle.  It was at this point, as Ms. Carey drove on the sidewalk between the wall that borders the U.S. Capitol lawn and the tree boxes on the sidewalk, that two U.S. Secret Service police officers and a U.S. Capitol Police officer fired eight rounds at Ms. Carey. Investigators do not believe that Ms. Carey was hit by any of these rounds. Ms. Carey then drove back around Garfield Circle, against the flow of traffic, and headed towards Constitution Avenue.  The incident at Garfield Circle lasted approximately 35 seconds.
 
The U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Supreme Court, and other buildings within the Capitol square were put on lockdown in response to the “shots fired” report. With continued reckless and evasive driving, Ms. Carey traveled along the north side of the Capitol and headed towards the Senate and House office buildings.  A U.S. Capitol Police officer who was responding to the scene in his cruiser slammed into one of the barriers that had just been raised in response to the lockdown order, causing what sounded like an explosion that was later reported by witnesses.  The cruiser was totaled and the officer had to be airlifted to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. 
 
Approximately one minute after the shooting at Garfield Circle, Ms. Carey arrived at the manned U.S. Capitol Police Truck Interdiction Point at 2nd Street and Maryland Avenue NE.  With raised barriers blocking her path, Ms. Carey made a sharp left, drove up a curb, over the center median, and struck an unmarked Supreme Court police officer’s vehicle that had stopped in front of the Hart office building.  After ignoring multiple commands given by officers who were running towards her vehicle with guns drawn, Ms. Carey revved her engine and then reversed her vehicle and drove directly at a U.S. Capitol Police officer who was approaching Ms. Carey’s vehicle from behind.  As the U.S. Capitol Police officer ran towards the median to avoid being struck by Ms. Carey’s vehicle, he and another officer from the U.S. Secret Service (who also had fired shots at the Garfield Circle location) started firing.  The two officers fired nine rounds each.  Twenty seconds after Ms. Carey had arrived at the 2nd and Maryland location, her vehicle crashed into the kiosk and came to rest.  Ms. Carey was unconscious at this time, and did not get out of the vehicle. No additional rounds were fired by officers after the crash. 
 
After the shooting and after Ms. Carey’s vehicle crashed into the kiosk and came to rest, the officers on the scene discovered that there was a young child in the vehicle. They carried the child from the car. The child, who was not seriously injured, was taken to a hospital.
 
Medical personnel arrived on the scene and attempted to revive Ms. Carey. She was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  Ms. Carey sustained five gunshot wounds to her neck and torso area, one of which was fatal.  She was not under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, and no weapon was recovered from inside her vehicle.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THEIR DECISION.

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