Image: Miriam Carey, the woman who allegedly rammed her car into the White House gates and led police on a chaotic chase
Courtesy Dr. Barry Weiss

TODAY   |  October 04, 2013

Former boss: Pregnancy stressed woman in D.C. chase

Miriam Carey, the woman at the center of the Washington, D.C., shooting and chase, worked as a dental hygienist, but was fired after patients complained she was too rough. Her boss said she appeared stressed over an unplanned pregnancy. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>> as pete williams reported a moment ago, federal agents searched the connecticut home of the woman killed outside the capitol. katie is in stamford with more on what we're learning about her this morning.

>> there are still some police here but the major presence is gone. this after 16 hours where this entire area was taped off. one of the buildings was on complete lockdown as federal investigators were inside miriam carey 's apartment trying to figure out what was going on with the mother of a 1-year-old girl.

>> reporter: this sprawling 200 unit apartment complex in stamford, connecticut became the focus of a federal investigation. at about 3:30 thursday afternoon 50 residence denlt 50 residents were evacuated as they descended on miriam carey 's home but as of 11:00 p.m . they still hadn't entered the apartment waiting on a search warrant from d.c.

>> it was the fbi bomb squad , you have ten minutes to get yourself and get out because you probably won't be able to get in for the next nine hours.

>> reporter: neighbors, many that say they didn't know her well describe the mother as normal. someone you'd see in the laundry room. employed for a year as a dental hygienist. her former boss said she was an average employee but notice she seemed increasingly stressed over what he calls her unplanned pregnancy.

>> we had a lot of come planlts about her from patients. that she's a dental hygienist and rough. we needed to make a change and let her go.

>> reporter: relatives say carey fell a few years ago and began to suffer mental problems. other relatives also described postpartum depression after her baby girl was born. some of those relatives live in brooklyn. carey 's sister is a retired nypd sergeant.

>>> we're told her relatives are cooperating with investigator. they expect to release a statement sometime later today.