Man killed himself after ramming US Capitol barrier

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — A man drove his car into a barricade near the US Capitol early Sunday and then began firing shots in the air before fatally shooting himself, police said.

The incident happened just before 4 a.m. at a vehicular barricade at East Capitol Street NE and 2nd Street SE in Washington.

It comes at a time when law enforcement agencies across the country are facing a growing number of threats, and federal officials have warned of possible violent attacks on government buildings in the days since the FBI searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Estate in Florida.

The attack is reminiscent of an incident when a man drove a vehicle into two Capitol Police officers at a checkpoint in April 2021, killing an 18-year veteran of the force. And many on Capitol Hill remain nervous after supporters of the then President stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Authorities said the man, whose identity has not been released, crashed into the barricade and when he got out of the car the vehicle burst into flames. The man then opened fire and fired several shots in the air as police approached.

Capitol Police said the man shot himself as officers approached. He was later pronounced dead.

Police said “it does not appear that the man targeted a member of Congress” and that investigators are looking into the man’s background while trying to determine a motive. Both the House of Representatives and Senate are on recess and very few employees are working in the Capitol complex at this hour.

Authorities said no other injuries were reported and police do not believe officers returned fire. Man killed himself after ramming US Capitol barrier

Dais Johnston

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