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Capitol in Chaos Leads to Woman's Death

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKRC) -- Mayhem in the nation's capital Thursday. 

A dramatic car chase that ends with gunshots on Capitol Hill rattles Washington, D.C.  The driver of the car, 34 year old Myriam Kerry from Connecticut is dead. 

The reason behind the madness though is unknown.  The chase triggered a lock down of the Capitol building where the House and Senate members are in the beginning of the government shutdown. 

It began when a woman tried ramming her car through a White House barricade.  The chaos that ensued was caught on camera.

Police chased the car nearly a mile to the Capitol building where the car crashes and more shots are fired.  The driver died at the scene.  All of the shots were fired by law enforcement trying to stop her.

Two officers were hurt, but not seriously.  Police found a 1 year old girl in that car and an officer was able to get her out of the car and to safety.  She is physically okay and is now in protective custody.

Mary is a furloughed government worker from Virginia.  He and his wife came to Washington to talk to their congressman and got caught in the chaos.  She says, I dropped down to my knees and everybody started, I told my husband where do we go?

We both were doing things with our cell phones and heard the initial what sounded like a string of firecrackers going off, maybe four or five like just one of those strings somebody had thrown out the car window or something.  And then she turned and saw the officer drop down and started shooting and at least in a shooting position and at least one shot he fired.  I was then focused on her rather than what we were watching because I wanted to get her safe in case bullets started coming our way.

The investigation is ongoing tonight on two fronts.  At the woman's home to see if there are any clues as to what might have led to what happened.  And a second investigation is focusing on the use of lethal force by the police and whether it was necessary.

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