The sisters of the woman who was fatally shot by police last week after ramming her car into a White House barricade said Monday that she wasn’t delusional and may have been fleeing danger.
Miriam Carey’s two sisters say accounts from officials and Carey’s ex-boyfriend that she thought President Barack Obama was communicating with her are untrue.
“What I do see is that perhaps maybe my sister was a little afraid, being surrounded by officers with their guns drawn,” Valerie Carey said in an interview on NBC’s Today Show. “If in fact she wasn’t supposed to be in a restricted area how was she allowed to drive in that area? If you hear gun shots it’s like ‘I’m afraid. I don’t want to be here. I have to get out of here. I have a baby in the car.’
“My sister was fleeing. She was trying to figure out how to get out of there.”
Valerie Carey said her sister Miriam “was not walking around delusional, which is what we really want the public to understand.” The other sister, Amy Carey-Jones, suggested police overreaction is responsible for Miriam’s death.