Woman killed during D.C. chase was shot five times from behind, autopsy shows

Story highlights

  • In October, Miriam Carey was chased by authorities after an incident at a White House gate
  • She was stopped by police, backed away and was shot at as she fled
  • Carey died later; a 1-year-old in her car was unharmed
  • Family is suing government, saying officers should have held their fire
An autopsy report, made public six months after Miriam Carey was shot dead after leading Washington police on a car chase from the White House to the Capitol, revealed that the 34-year-old woman was struck by five bullets from behind.
Attorney Eric Sanders, who is representing members of Carey's family in a wrongful death lawsuit against the government, said the autopsy proves the shooting was unjustified.
Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police, one of the agencies involved in the incident, said the department would not comment on the pending litigation and while an investigation is ongoing.
Schneider said the officers involved are on administrative leave.
Sanders released the report on the six-month anniversary of the shooting, which captured national attention as the chase unfolded on cable networks and in the