By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Police found no weapon or evidence of motive while searching the car of a Connecticut 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, 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 about $1,800.
But the documents don’t reveal the significance of any of the belongings or shed light on why the Connecticut woman showed up at the White House with her 1-year-old daughter in the car last week.
The 34-year-old Carey, of Stamford, Conn., was shot after a high-speed police chase Thursday that authorities say began after she tried to drive through a White House barricade and was then pursued toward the U.S. Capitol. Her daughter was inside the vehicle but was not hurt.
Carey struck a Secret Service agent with her car at the White House and reversed her vehicle into a police car, authorities say. A Capitol Police officer was also injured. Both were expected to recover. Officers from both the Capitol Police and Secret Service fired into the car, police said.
Carey’s sisters have said their sister did not deserve to die and have suggested she was afraid and fleeing danger. Police are investigating the use-of-force _ as is standard for all officer-involved shootings.
A federal law enforcement official has said that Carey’s mental health deteriorated in the last year and that she had delusions President Barack Obama was in contact with her. Her sisters have challenged officials’ descriptions of her mental state.
A search warrant application shows police thought the lockbox could contain maps, drugs, documents pertaining to the White House, weapons and ammunition or “fruits of other crimes.” But none of that was found, according to the search warrant results.
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