Man dies after lighting himself on fire outside of SCOTUS building

A man has died after lighting himself on fire outside of the United States Supreme Court building, the New York Post reports

The individual has been identified as 50-year-old Wynn Bruce, from Boulder, Colorado.

What happened?

The incident took place on Friday around 6:30 p.m. on the plaza located just in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Bruce, according to reports, lit himself on fire.

Emergency responders arrived quickly to the scene. Responders included the Supreme Court Police, the U.S. Capitol Police, and Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department.

The U.S. Capitol Police put out a statement on Twitter that read, “a medical helicopter just landed near the Capitol for a medical emergency. This is not a public safety issue.”

In a follow-up post, U.S. Capitol Police added that “we are also temporarily closing two roads because of the medical emergency: First Street is closed between Constitution & Independence. East Capitol Street is closed between First Street & Second Street.”

Bruce succumbs to his injuries

From the plaza of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Bruce was transported via helicopter to a nearby hospital. Not long thereafter, authorities reopened the roads that had been closed down.

Reports did not indicate what kind of condition Bruce was in when he was being transported. Also not reported was how long Bruce was on fire or how bad the fire was.

On Saturday, an update on Bruce’s condition was released. The update indicated that Bruce had passed away as a result of the injuries that he sustained while being on fire.

The motive remains unknown

The big question that everybody has is why did Bruce decide to light himself on fire, and why did he choose that location?

The answers to these questions remain unknown. It is unclear whether an investigation is being conducted. No more information has been provided about Bruce other than his age and residence.

News outlets have decided to categorize Bruce’s death under the tag “suicide.” Many of these news outlets included in their reporting on the incident contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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