STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- Federal officials say Miriam Carey, the Stamford woman, who was killed by police in Washington after she tried to drive through a barricade at the capitol, was delusional.
Authorities say she was unstable and thought President Obama was communicating with her. They say she suffered from a host of medical problems, that also include postpartum depression.
Carey's then boyfriend told Stamford police last year she started to show signs of mental illness. She started speaking irrationally and the boyfriend reportedly told police he feared for the couple's one-year old daughter's safety.
Police were called to Carey's Stamford Connecticut home several times. News 8 has learned Carey lived in building 114 at Woodside Green apartments.
In one encounter, authorities say, Carey claimed President Obama had placed her under electronic surveillance.
Police called out to her apartment at least once in December.
Carey was also reportedly on medication for unknown mental illness and has a family history of Schizophrenia.
Carey's mother told ABC News her daughter had no history of violence but struggled with postpartum depression.
Carey was traveling with the one-year-old, who was found unharmed in the back of the black sedan.
"There is something like postpartum psychosis, where you loose your connection and that would be more likely," said Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Health and Medical Editor.
Neighbors still shocked by it all. Some sadden by the death.
"You really don't know who your neighbors are sometimes," said Chris Peterson, a neighbor.
"They kept going like this (point as if she is holding a gun) to we face and... just stop the car, you know? They really didn't have to shoot her," said Lynne Zabriskie, a neighbor.
The investigation into what happened, of course, still ongoing.
Police searched Carey's home, looking for computers, notes, anything that could point to a motive. So far they're not saying if they found anything.
STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Federal investigators spent the overnight hours going through a Stamford apartment belonging to the woman who was shot and killed after a chaotic scene at the White House and U.S. Capitol.
Neighbors are now speaking out about the woman they knew and the situation in D.C.
"When I tried to come home last night there was a blockade with all the cops, and I couldn't get in," said Ivan Forero, Woodside Green Condos resident.
Folks at Woodside Green Condos woke up to the stark reality that it was their neighbor, 34-year-old Miriam Carey, who led police in Washington on a bizarre chase that ended in her death, all after Carey tried to ram her car through barricades at the White House and near the Capitol.
"I just walked in and saw that, we shared the same wreath on our door, and I saw hers on the floor, and it just hit me like, oh my God, like, she's not coming home," said neighbor Erin Jackson.
Streets around Carey's apartment at Woodside Green have been reopened. They were closed overnight as investigators from several agencies searched the apartment.
Boxes of items were removed from the apartment and loaded into trucks. We don't yet know what authorities seized.
As the search culminates of Carey's apartment, the folks who live closest to her say they didn't see it coming.
"From what I knew of Miriam, that was not indicative of her," Jackson said. "I mean, she was very careful, even, in particular with her car. She didn't even park it in this lot because she didn't want anyone to scratch it, so, for her to be in this type of incident was not like her, from what I knew."
A psychiatrist News 8 met, who writes for Psychology Today Magazine, offered some insight about the claim from Carey's family that she suffered from post-partum depression after the birth of her daughter in 2012.
"Most likely had a psychotic post-partum depression," said Dr. Mark Banschick. "I didn't diagnose her, I don't know, but most likely that's the situation."
However, those closest to Carey, at least in proximity, say there was no sign of even that.
"She was always very pleasant, and I'm telling you, especially after she had her little girl," Jackson said. "I mean, she was always with her, a doting mom."
Let alone any political motivations.
"I can't say if she ever did, but I never observed her speak anything politically, no," said Jackson.
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