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Sisters speak out about fatal police shooting in DC

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By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

Information Courtesy The Associated Press

The sisters of the woman shot and killed in DC last week are questioning police action.

Amy Carey-Jones and Valarie Carey are saying that the shooting death of their sister, Miriam Carey, by police was "not justified" and that there was "no need for a gun to be used when there was no gunfire coming from the vehicle."

The sisters spoke Friday night outside of Valarie Carey's Brooklyn home after they identified Miriam Carey's body in Washington.

Miriam Carey was identified as the 34-year-old Stamford, Conn. woman who tried to breach a White House barrier and led police in a car chase through the Capitol Thursday afternoon. She was then shot and killed by police following the chase.

Carey's mother, Idella Carey, said her daughter was suffering from post-partum depression, but had "no history of violence". She was in the car with a 1-year-old girl during the incident; the girl did not suffer any serious injuries.

Carey had previously been sued by her condo association in Connecticut for failing to pay fees. The association filed complaint in November, saying she had not paid in full since August of 2010. The total owed to the association was $1,759 in addition to collection costs.

However, Carey's former employer says she was a good employee and there was nothing unusual about her departure. Brian Evans, the periodontist at the dental office where Carey was a hygienist, said she was fired from her job about a year ago. He declined to go into further detail.

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