Car chase preceded shooting at the U.S. Capitol
A car chase that began when a driver struck a White House security barrier ended across downtown Washington near the U.S. Capitol, with the unarmed driver shot and killed and two officers injured, police said. Read related article.
The driver’s exact route was not released by police, but sources place her traveling southeast on Pennsylvania Avenue and reappearing on Capitol grounds at First Street and Maryland Avenue.
Near the White House
1 2:12 p.m. A 2010 black Infiniti with Connecticut plates strikes a security post at the entrance to the White House at 15th and E streets NW. Witnesses said the driver, later identified as Miriam Carey, 34, refused to stop, made a U-turn and knocked down a Secret Service agent who tried to block her path with a metal bicycle rack. She then sped east down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol with police in pursuit.
Near the U.S. Capitol
2 The car entered Garfield Circle going the wrong way and briefly stopped on a curb on the east side of Garfield Memorial as Carey was surrounded by Capitol Police and Secret Service officers with weapons drawn.
She then backed into a Secret Service vehicle and officers firing at least seven shots as she sped away. She drove at high speed most of the way around Garfield Circle, then turns northbound onto First Street NW.
3 At Peace Circle, the car makes one full loop with police following before continuing up First Street NW to Constitution Avenue.
4 At Constitution Avenue, the suspect makes a right turn and at a high speed heads east along the northern boundary of the Capitol grounds.
5 The chase continues onto Constitution Avenue and Second Street NE where Capitol Police installed security barriers after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. She tried to back up and drove in reverse onto Maryland Avenue.
2:20 p.m. More shots are fired, striking the car and killing Carey. Carey was unarmed, law enforcement sources said. All the shots in the incident were fired by police trying to stop her.
Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said one of his officers was injured when his cruiser struck a barricade at First Street and Constitution NE during the chase.
Carey's one-year-old daughter was in the car during the chase and was uninjured.
Live video taken by bystanders shows a speeding black Infiniti turn east on Constitution Avenue, pursued by at least five Capitol Police cruisers.
As the fleeing vehicle and its tail of cruisers enter Constitution Avenue, the built-in road-blocking barriers raise, and one police cruiser impacts a barrier.
After the car becomes hung up on the Capitol Police checkpoint median, the driver is shot by police.
As the car approaches officers and the raised road-blocking barriers at Second Street, NE, the driver slows and attempts a U-turn.
SOURCE: Staff reports. GRAPHIC: The Washington Post. PHOTO: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.