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A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court said on Friday that the death was “not a public safety issue.”
Wynn Bruce, 50, of Boulder, Colorado, died Saturday, a day after he set himself ablaze in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Police Department told Fox News. The incident happened around 6:30 p.m.
A man set himself on fire outside the US Supreme Court on Friday night, a court spokesman said, while emphasizing there was no threat to public safety.
The Metropolitan Police Department identified the man as Wynn Bruce of Boulder, Colorado. On Saturday, police said he died from his injuries.
According to the court spokesman, the incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. Minutes later, a medical helicopter landed and took the man to a local hospital.
The area was closed to the public after Supreme Court Police, US Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene.
“The area remains closed for further investigation, but this is not a public safety issue,” the court spokesman said in a statement.
The Supreme Court was not in session at the time and Congress is in recess. The Capitol is right across from the Supreme Court.
Capitol Police tweeted about the incident Friday night, saying the helicopter was responding to a medical emergency and there was no threat to others.
The Capitol was evacuated Wednesday night after the Federal Aviation Administration failed to alert Capitol Police to plans for US Army Golden Knights to parachute from a plane into nearby Park National for Military Appreciation Night. Police later said there was no threat to the Capitol building.
Earlier Friday, D.C. was rocked by a shooting that wounded four people near two campuses in a residential area of the city.