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Documents: No Weapon, Motive Found In Car Of Conn. Woman In Capitol Hill Chase

Miriam Carey, Of Stamford, Was Fatally Shot By Police
Miriam Carey (credit: CBS 2)

Miriam Carey (credit: CBS 2)

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police found no weapon or apparent evidence of motive while searching the car of a Stamford, Conn., woman who was fatally shot by police after trying to ram her vehicle through a White House barrier, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.

Search warrant results show police who inspected a lockbox inside Miriam Carey’s black Infiniti found a passport, a plastic bag containing various foreign currency, a driver’s license and social security cards for her and her daughter. Other items include keys, hospital discharge documents, a lease agreement for a New York City apartment and an uncashed check for Carey for nearly $1,800.

Unspecified photographs, projectiles and a “fragment from vehicle” were also found in the car, according to the documents, which don’t reveal the significance of any of the belongings or shed light on why the woman showed up outside the White House with her 19-month-old daughter in the car last week.

On Thursday, Carey sped onto a driveway leading to the White House, over a set of barricades. When she couldn’t get through a second barrier, she spun the car in the opposite direction and then sped down Pennsylvania Avenue. Then the chase began.

Carey was surrounded by police cars, but drove off, careening around a traffic circle and past the north side of the Capitol. Video shot by a TV cameraman showed police pointing firearms at her car before she rammed a Secret Service vehicle and continued driving.

Police fatally shot Carey a block away. The child, who was not injured, was placed in protective custody.

Relatives of Carey, who was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, said that she was struggling with post-partum depression and psychosis.

Carey had an encounter with Stamford police in December 2012 that resulted in her being taken for a mental health evaluation, law enforcement sources told CBS News’ Bob Orr.

Carey said she believed that President Obama had placed her and her residence under some kind of electronic surveillance, according to sources. She told police she was a prophet and said that Obama would place the entire city of Stamford under a “lockdown,” sources told Orr.

Carey’s sisters have said their sister did not deserve to die and have suggested she was afraid and fleeing danger. Her sisters have challenged officials’ descriptions of her mental state.

A search warrant application shows police thought the lockbox might hold maps, drugs, documents pertaining to the White House, weapons and ammunition or “fruits of other crimes.” But none of that was found inside the box, according to the search warrant results.