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.CLICK ON THE SLIDE SHOW ABOVE TO SEE NEW SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS RELEASED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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.
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