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Identified as Richard Aaron York, 29, a man died after crashing his car into a barricade in Washington DC and then shoot himself in the head before being arrested.
According to authorities, on investigation they found a Delaware driver’s license and he is also believed to have recently lived in Pennsylvania.
Richard Aaron York drove his car into a barricade of vehicles on East Capitol Street and Second Street around 4 am, the said in a news release. When he got out of the car, he was engulfed in flames.
Then he began to shoot into the air and before the detonations, the authorities responded immediately, but as Capitol police closed in, he shot himself.
“No one else was injured,” said Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger, “At this time, it does not appear that the man was targeting any member of Congress, who is in recess, and it does not appear that the officers fired their weapons . ,
The accident occurred approximately 300 feet from the United States Supreme Court.
Capitol Police investigators are looking into the man’s background and the DC Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the death, according to authorities.
Police around the Capitol have been on high alert in light of recent threats made to other agencies.Manger said.
The incident comes just days after police shot and killed a man suspected of attempting an attack on the FBI office in Cincinnati, though Manger said there was no word yet on the suspect’s motivation in the incident.
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