Man with gun rams vehicle into barricades near Supreme Court, dies by suicide

WASHINGTON – A man was killed after his car hit a barricade in D.C. early Sunday, according to a US Capitol Police spokesman.

Authorities identified the suspect as 29-year-old Richard Aaron York, who he said had a Delaware driver’s license and is believed to have recently lived in Pennsylvania.

The spokesman said in a press release that the man rammed his car into a vehicle barricade on East Capitol Street and Second Street around 4 a.m. When he got out of the car, it caught fire.

They then started firing in the air and the noise prompted the officers to respond immediately, the spokesperson said.

And as Capitol police were approaching, according to the spokesperson, he shot himself.

“No one else was hurt,” the spokesman said. “At this time, it does not appear that the man was targeting any members of Congress who are on recess, and it does not appear that the officers fired their weapons.”

The accident happened about 300 feet from the US Supreme Court.

According to officials, Capitol Police investigators are investigating the man’s background and the DC Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the death.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to access the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, but 800-273-8255TEXT OR VISIT 741741 AT HOME for additional resources.

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