Updated Oct. 6, 12:25 p.m. EDT: Washington police are investigating the use of deadly force in the shooting of 34-year-old Miriam Carey, who reportedly tried to ram her car through a White House barrier. The review comes after Carey’s family raised questions about the shooting, saying it was “unjustified.”
Deadly force experts have also raised questions about the number of bullets used, and why shots were fired at a moving vehicle.
The Associated Press says investigators will reconstruct the car chase, which put the nation’s capital on lockdown, and examine how officers interacted with the driver and determine if protocols were followed.
Devastated family members of the 34-year-old Connecticut woman shot by police on Capitol Hill this week following a wild car chase told the Daily News that she was a troubled soul, not a “terrorist.”
Valarie Carey, of Brooklyn, N.Y., told the paper that her sister, Miriam Carey, had her 19-month-old daughter, Erica, in the car when she was shot her and “didn’t deserve to die like she did.”
“Deadly force was not necessary,” said the grieving sister, a retired NYPD transit police sergeant who lives in Bushwick. “They could have rammed the car or disabled the car.”
“There had to be something else they could have done,” chimed in Amy Carey, a registered nurse who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant. “She didn’t have to die. To know a child was in the car, too, why did they shoot?”
The Root reported earlier that Miriam Carey was reportedly suffering from postpartum depression before the shooting at the Capitol. ABC News quoted Carey’s mother as saying she had struggled with the illness following her daughter’s birth last August.