Around 2:15 yesterday afternoon, a woman drove her black Infiniti up to the barriers outside the White House, where guards and cops told her she couldn't drive any closer. She argued with them . . . then suddenly peeled off and SPED AWAY.
She headed toward the U.S. Capitol building with at least TWENTY cops and Secret Service agents in pursuit.
Eventually they stopped her, but she reversed into a police cruiser and took off AGAIN.
So Capitol Police fired multiple shots at her, and she was hit and killed a few blocks away.
A source said the use of force was authorized, because she refused to stop and was driving in a, quote, "threatening manner." She didn't have any weapon on her.
But she DID have her one-year-old daughter in the car, who wasn't hurt. The child was safely taken away by police, and is in protective custody. But two cops WERE injured.
The woman's motive is unknown, but it's not considered a terrorist incident. Reports are saying she was a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut named Miriam Carey, with a history of mental illness, and possibly suffering from post-partum depression.
And check this out: Because of the shutdown, the Capitol police aren't even being PAID right now.
(CNN / New York Post)