WASHINGTON — A Colorado man died after setting himself on fire outside the United States Supreme Court Friday night, police said.
The man – who was 50 and from Boulder, Colorado – drove to the plaza outside the court building around 6:30 p.m. and set himself on fire, DC Metropolitan Police said. He was airlifted to hospital before dying from his injuries.
United States Capitol Police said in a statement that a medical helicopter landed near the Capitol for a medical emergency.
Two streets near the Supreme Court were temporarily closed due to the emergency.
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DC police did not provide additional details about the incident, including the man’s motivation.
A similar incident occurred in 2019, when a 33-year-old man from Bethesda, Maryland died after setting himself on fire outside the White House, US Parks Police said at the time. United States.
The latest incident comes after a false alarm Wednesday, when Capitol Police evacuated the Capitol complex after spotting a plane they deemed a “likely threat.”
After the evacuation, authorities determined that the plane was actually carrying the U.S. Army Golden Knights for a parachute jump over Nationals Park baseball stadium, home of the Washington Nationals, for the night of military appreciation.
Contributor: Amanda Pérez Pintado, Wyatte Grantham-Philips