A damaged Capitol Hill police car is surrounded by crime scene tape after a car chase and shooting in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. On Thursday, police shot and killed 34-year-old Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Conn., after a car chase that began when Carey tried to breach a barrier at the White House. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal law enforcement official says the woman killed by police after trying to drive through barricades outside the White House was delusional and had believed the president was communicating with her.
The official, who had been briefed about the investigation, says the woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey, had been in a deteriorating mental state since December.
According to the official, investigators have been interviewing the woman's family about her mental condition. The official says investigators believe the woman drove directly to Washington immediately before Thursday's car chase in the nation's capital that prompted the shooting.
A former employer of the Connecticut woman who was killed following a Washington car chase says she was fired from her job as a dental hygienist about a year ago.
Periodontist Brian Evans of Hamden, Conn., says Miriam Carey had been a good employee. He said Friday there was nothing unusual about her departure and he declined to go into further detail.
He said Carey left the office shortly after she was hospitalized with a head injury she suffered in a fall down a staircase.
The 34-year-old Stamford woman was identified by law enforcement officials as the woman who led police on a chase through Washington on Thursday after trying to breach a barrier at the White House.
Evans said he was shocked and saddened for her family.