Man dies after car crashes, shooting near US Capitol

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (Reuters) – A 29-year-old Delaware man died Sunday in an apparent suicide after his car collided with a barricade near the Capitol and fired shots into the air, police said.

As the man got out of the crashed car, it went up in flames just after 4 a.m. (0800 GMT) on East Capitol Street and Second Street, the US Capitol Police said.

Police said the man was identified as Richard A. York III of Delaware. “It is still not clear why he chose to drive to the Capitol complex,” the Capitol Police Department said in a statement.

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Earlier, police said, “It doesn’t appear the man aimed it at members of Congress who are on recess, and it appears the officers didn’t fire their weapons.”

Police said the man then fired several shots into the air along East Capitol Street. When police responded and approached, the man shot himself, police said. No one else was injured.

The death is under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, who were unable to immediately determine the identity or details of his motives.

There are security barricades around the checkpoints of the Capitol complex that are closely guarded.

In April 2021, 25-year-old motorist Noah Green rammed a car into U.S. Capitol Police and brandished a knife, killing one officer and injuring another and forcing the Capitol complex to shut down. The police shot and killed Green.

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Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Aurora Ellis

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