Colorado man sets himself on fire outside Supreme Court: police

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.

In a video tweeted by a Fox reporter, the helicopter was shown landing on the steps of the nation’s highest court. Another Fox video showed a US Park Police helicopter flying near the Capitol.

Two streets near the Supreme Court were temporarily closed due to the emergency.

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