Man rams car into Capitol barricade, shoots self during police stand-off

A man rammed his car into barricades outside the U.S. Capitol early Sunday before shooting himself dead in a stand-off with police.

The individual was identified as Delaware man Richard York III, 29, the AP reported.

Man commits suicide during Capitol police encounter

Around 4 a.m. Sunday, York drove his car into a vehicle barricade at East Capitol Street NE and 2nd Street SE in Washington.

As he got out of the car, the vehicle burst into flames. Police are investigating whether York intentionally set the blaze, which does not appear to have been caused by the crash.

After exiting the car, the man fired gunshots “indiscriminately” into the air, Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said, and began walking towards the Capitol. As the cops approached, York shot himself fatally.

The police said the man “does not appear” to have been targeting lawmakers, who are on recess. D.C. Metropolitan Police are handling the investigation.

The police don’t have a motive yet. York had a violent criminal history that includes the assault of a former co-worker and burglarizing a pharmacy, Fox News reported.

Latest incident at the Capitol

In an incident that has since been largely forgotten, a Black nationalist rammed his car into two Capitol police officers, killing one and injuring another, on Good Friday last year. The suspect was also killed as he ran toward police with a knife.

At the time, the chief of Metropolitan Police Robert Contee — whose agency is handling York’s suicide — mysteriously said the car attack “does not appear to be terrorism-related.”

The participants in the January 6th, 2021, Capitol protest, which became violent, have been readily labeled “domestic terrorists.”

A man was arrested in July near Union Station for throwing Molotov cocktails at Capitol Police.

The latest violent incident at the Capitol on Sunday comes at a time of heightened political tensions after the unprecedented FBI raid on former President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home. The FBI, DOJ, and Democratic politicians have accused Republicans of inciting violence by criticizing the raid.

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