HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Miriam Carey worked for a year as a dental hygienist in Hamden. People who knew her say they're stunned.
Her former boss says she never spoke about the President while she worked there.
Capitol police say she lead them on a chase with her one-year-old daughter in the backseat bolted through barricades near the White House and police took her life.
"We're shocked to find that this happened. We feel saddened for her family and all those involved," said Dr. Brian Evans, former employer.
In Hamden most knew 34-year-old Miriam Carey as the woman who simply cleaned teeth. About two years ago, Dr. Brian Evans hired her as a dental hygienist.
He says while she was an employee, she fell down some stairs at a friend's house.
"She did have a significant head injury at that time but she recovered well enough to come back to work," said Evans.
A few weeks after the incident, they fired her but would not pin point a reason.
"Like any situation an employer/employee have it just doesn't work out. There was nothing unusual about her leaving her office," said Evans.
Down in the parking lot, a fellow attorney remembered her car, that infamous Infiniti after a parking dispute they had.
He says she parked there and did have a handicap sticker, but he noticed.
"She walked without any discomfort or any problems whatsoever," said William Nathanson, Attorney.
He wrote a letter, put it on her windshield asking her to stop.
Nathanson says he got a letter from her lawyer, called the attorney and she never parked there again. This was their only exchange but couldn't believe how she died.
"I'm certain that everybody would feel stunned and shocked that it was somebody in the building," said Nathanson.
Maria Coppola has been a patient here 15 years, recognized Carey and was saddened by the news.
"It hits very close to home, I'm sorry for everyone for all their loss," said Coppola.
Of course everyone News 8 spoke to was wandering what exactly caused her to start that police chase and thankful her child was unharmed.
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