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Man crashed into barrier close to Capitol and opened hearthplace earlier than taking pictures himself, police say

Bycbs editor

Aug 15, 2022

Washington — A guy riding a automobile struck a barrier close to the U.S. Capitol early Sunday morning and opened hearthplace earlier than fatally taking pictures himself, police stated.

The guy crashed into the barrier at the east facet of the Capitol simply after four a.m. Sunday morning, and his automobile went up in flames as he turned into getting out, U.S. Capitol Police stated in a announcement. The guy fired numerous photographs into the air and became the gun on himself as officials responded. No one else turned into hurt.

“At this time, it does now no longer seem the person turned into concentrated on any Members of Congress, who’re on recess, and it does now no longer seem officials fired their weapons,” Capitol Police stated.

Several hours after the incident, Capitol Police recognized the suspect as 29-yr-vintage Richard A. York III of Delaware. Capitol Police mentioned in a announcement that “it’s far nonetheless now no longer clean why he selected to pressure to the Capitol Complex.”

Security at and across the Capitol has been heightened withinside the yr and a 1/2 of for the reason that Jan. 6, 2021, attack. Capitol Police erected tall fences and limitations across the complicated that stood for weeks withinside the aftermath.

There had been different safety incidents close to the complicated considering that Jan. 6, as well. In April 2021, a person rammed his automobile into officials status close to a safety barricade, killing one and injuring another. The guy, 25-yr-vintage Noah Green, turned into shot and killed with the aid of using police.

In October 2021, a person named Dale Paul Melvin turned into arrested after parking his automobile outdoor the Supreme Court throughout the road from the Capitol and refusing to leave. Melvin lower back in February 2022 however left with out being arrested.