Stamford Woman's Boyfriend Feared For Baby: Source

Authorities identified the woman as Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford.

Friday, Oct 4, 2013  |  Updated 6:33 PM EDT
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The former employer of the Stamford woman who rammed a barricade in Washington, D.C. and led police on a chase provides insight into Miriam Carey's life.

The former employer of the Stamford woman who rammed a barricade in Washington, D.C. and led police on a chase provides insight into Miriam Carey's life.

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Raw Video: Female Suspect Leads Secret Service on Chase

A woman identified by multiple law enforcement as Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Conn. is seen driving a black Infiniti. Carey tried to ram through a White House barricade Thursday, then led police on a chase that ended in gunfire outside the Capitol, witnesses and officials said. This video is courtesy of Alhurra Television, a U.S. government-funded TV network.

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Neighbors at Woodside Green react to FBI and Stamford Police swarming their complex in response to Miriam Carey's actions in Washington DC.
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The family of the Stamford woman shot to death by police following a car chase near the White House and the U.S. Capitol has identified her body.

District of Columbia medical examiner's office spokeswoman Beverly Fields said Friday that Miriam Carey's cause of death was pending.  She would not say whether Carey's body has been released to her family.

A lawyer for the family said Carey's family members will return to New York and speak publicly at the Brooklyn home of Carey's sister Friday night.

Carey rammed her car into a barricade outside the White House and then led police on a chase that ended with her being shot near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.

Law enforcement sources told NBC News that they found indications that Carey, 34, believed she was being stalked by President Barack Obama.

Carey is well known to local authorities in Connecticut and suffers from mental health issues,  NBC News' Peter Williams reports.

Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car with her during the ordeal on Thursday afternoon. She was taken to the hospital and is doing OK.

Family members have said that Carey fell some time ago and began to suffer from mental health issues.

Law enforcement authorities have been talking to Carey's family and friends, according to WNBC's Jonathan Dienst, and learned that Carey had been diagnosed with psychosis and was on an anti-depressant, but had recently been off her medication.

She had also been on medication for post-partum depression, Dienst reports.

Carey had fallen down a flight of stairs, injuring her spine, one month before her pregnancy, Dienst has learned, and interviews described Miriam as wandering around, holding her infant, not fully aware of where she was.

In December, Miriam's boyfriend contacted police and said he feared for the safety of their child, according to a law enforcement source who spoke to NBC.  The boyfriend has been questioned by federal authorities about Thursday's incident, the source said.

Law enforcement agencies spent a second day on Friday at the Woodside Green condo complex in Stamford where Carey lived for the last six years

Late Thursday afternoon, the Stamford Bomb Squad. arrived at the complex, removing evidence, including a computer.

Stamford police said they were notified immediately after the incident and rushed to the scene.

Authorities said they did not find anything dangerous or hazardous in the residence.

Members of the FBI joined Stamford police and fire officials at the scene and authorities blocked off Washington Boulevard and Bridge Street on Thursday night and all 50 apartments were evacuated.

Residents were not allowed inside as police waited on a search warrant and the Red Cross was helping residents find other places to stay.

Stamford police said on Friday morning that they have some history with Carey and visited her house at least once in December, but it was not criminal.

Hartford police were also contacted by an outside agency on Thursday to help in an investigation at the Bluprints Restaurant and Bar in the city, according to a Hartford Police Department source.

Law enforcement authorities were told that the father of the baby in the car during the Washington, DC incident had a connection to the establishment. 

Carey was licensed as a dental hygienist and previously worked at Advanced Periodontics in Hamden, Conn. from 2011 to August 2012.

Her former employer, Dr. Barry Weiss, describes Carey as hot-tempered and head strong, but says he never imagined she could be capable of violence.

"She was an average employee. We started out with a pleasant relationship in the office. We had a few incidents ... and some hot tempered situations, but for the most part she was an average employee," Weiss said.

The FBI and Secret Service contacted Weiss on Thursday and he said he was completely stunned by the news.

"Nothing would have led us to think she would have done this," Weiss said.

Carey was fired from the dental office after clients began complaining about her.

"Really, we just had a lot of complaints about her from patients that she was a dental hygienist and rough. We just decided that for the betterment of our patients, we needed to make a change and let her go," Weiss said.

He said he never believed Carey was violent or out of control.

"Nothing in her behavior would have led us to think this would have happened," he said.

Attorney William Nathanson knew as soon as he saw the car involved in the Washington incident yesterday that it was Carey's.

The board of directors for the complex tasked him to monitor parking spaces, he said, and he once wrote Carey a letter warning her against parking in the handicapped spaces.

"She said she was the first person in the building in the morning. But, she could have parked one space over in the visitor's space and let the handicapped spaces be used by patients," Nathanson said.

That's as far as it went, he said.

Dr. Weiss said that Carey came from a large family and was close to her siblings.

Like everyone else, he wants to know why this incident happened.

Two officers were wounded in the incident: a 23-year veteran of the Capitol police, who has been treated and released from the hospital, and a member of the Special Services, who officials say is also in good condition.

Carey's daughter was taken to a medical center in Washington, then a hospital. She is doing well and is in social service protection, NBC News has learned.

Authorities are now trying to figure out what Carey was doing in D.C. and why she drove into the barricade.

Carey was in Connecticut the day before the shooting, spoke with her mother by phone and said she was going to a Michael's store to pick up some arts and crafts supplies, Dienst reports.

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