Man dies after ‘setting himself on fire’ outside Supreme Court


AFTER being airlifted to a local hospital on Friday, the man who lit himself on fire succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.

The Colorado man was pronounced dead by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.


A helicopter has landed near the Supreme Court building

Video captured outside the Supreme Court building showed police responding to the area as screams of agony were heard.

“At approximately 6.30pm, an individual went on to the plaza in front of the Supreme Court building and set themselves on fire,” a court spokesperson told News Nation.

The spokesperson went on to say that a helicopter landed at the plaza and took the person to a local hospital.

No other injuries were reported and the area remained closed for further investigation.

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Supreme Court Police, US Capitol Police, and officers with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia were at the scene, officials said.

Video showed the helicopter landing next to the building after US Capitol Police warned of a medical emergency near the Capitol.

Two roads remained blocked off after the victim was airlifted from the area.

Police said the incident was “not a public safety issue.”

Capitol Police and the Supreme Court Police did not immediately respond to The Sun’s requests for comment.


The investigation came as an urgent manhunt was already underway in Washington, DC following a shooting near a school that left four people hurt on Friday afternoon.

A person of interest was named in the shooting as officers worked to reunite students with their families.

Also this week, an alarming alert led to the evacuation of the US Capitol as police warned of an aircraft “that posed a threat” to the area.

The scare was slammed as a stunning communications failure after the plane was revealed to be carrying members of the US Army’s Golden Knights, who parachuted into Nationals Park for a pregame demonstration.

The Federal Aviation Administration apologized on Friday for its role in the mix-up.

The agency said in a statement that it “did not provide advance notification of this event to the US Capitol Police.”

“We deeply regret that we contributed to a precautionary evacuation of the Capitol complex and apologize for the disruption and fear experienced by those who work there,” the agency said.

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