WASHINGTON (WKOW) – The woman who put the nation's capitol in lock down on Thursday had a history of mental illness.
Officials have identified the woman as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut.
According to Carey's family, she was suffering from post-partum depression after giving birth to her daughter last August. Authorities described Carey as having a "mental illness" and that it appears her actions were no accident.
Chief Cathy Lanier with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. says, "This was a lengthy pursuit. There were multiple vehicles that were rammed. There were officers that were struck, and two security perimeters that were attempted to be breached. So it does not appear in any way that this was an accident."
However, those who were close to Carey say the incident just doesn't make sense. A family friend, Yolanda Napoleon, says, "She has a small child, she's smart. That's not her. It doesn't make sense."
Authorities say Carey's 1-year-old daughter was in the back seat but was not injured during the pursuit. Carey's daughter is now in protective custody.
On Friday, investigators will search through Carey's apartment in Connecticut to search for clues as to why this all began.
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