The sisters of the woman fatally shot after a high-speed car chase last week in Washington said Miriam Carey simply feared for her life when she led authorities through the heart of the nation’s capital.
“If you hear gun shots, it’s like, ‘I’m afraid. I don’t want to be here. I want to get out of here. I have a baby in a car,’” Valarie Carey told Matt Lauer Monday on TODAY. “My sister was fleeing. She was trying to figure out how to get out of there.”
Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., used her vehicle to crash through a White House barricade last Thursday. The incident took place just weeks after a gunman terrorized the city at the Navy Yards and days after a federal government shutdown put the entire area under high alert.
Carey then led police on a chase that took them from the White House through a high-security area around the city, striking a police officer in the process. The chase ended near the Capitol when police fatally shot her. Carey’s daughter, who was in the backseat, was not injured.
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