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Woman killed in D.C. car chase from Stamford; Police search condo

Credit Craig LeMoult
Stamford police, outside the building where the woman killed in the Washington, D.C. incident reportedly lived.

A driver who led police on a car chase from the White House to the U.S. Capitol before being shot to death yesterday has been identified as a woman from Stamford, Connecticut.

Law enforcement officials says the driver was 34-year-old Miriam Carey. She was traveling with her 1-year-old daughter who avoided serious injury and was taken into protective custody.

Police, fire, and other emergency vehicles descended on a Woodside Green Condominiums near Scalzi Park in Stamford Thursday afternoon where Carey allegedly lived. Arthur Lamorte lives in the complex.

“Originally it was just helicopter overhead, police down in the parking lot, so you knew something was going on," he said. "And then the FBI showed up, and then a bomb squad truck showed up, and they started to upload a robot, so things got serious. And then the police came in the building, and that was about 4:45, and evacuate, told everybody to leave.”

About 50 apartments were evacuated. About six hours after that evacuation, Stamford Police Chief Jon Fontneau spoke with residents of the condo complex who were upset they couldn’t get back in their apartments to gather belongings and feed pets.

“I’m going to say it again, and I’m sorry for those of you who have pets right now, but we are not deeming this building safe at this time," he told the residents. "We have not been into the apartment in question yet, and we are not allowed to make moves right now. So no one is allowed to go in, and we are going to make arrangements for the Red Cross to put people up tonight.”

Fontneau wouldn’t say why it was taking so long to get the necessary warrant. He would not confirm the woman's name. He said there was no specific threat that would suggest there was something like a bomb in the apartment, but he said they weren’t taking any chances and were following necessary protocols.

Craig produces sound-rich features and breaking news coverage for WGBH News in Boston. His features have run nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, as well as on PRI's The World and Marketplace. Craig has won a number of national and regional awards for his reporting, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards in 2015, the national Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award feature reporting in 2011, first place awards in 2012 and 2009 from the national Public Radio News Directors Inc. and second place in 2007 from the national Society of Environmental Journalists. Craig is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Tufts University.