Man attempts to set himself on fire near SCOTUS and Capitol buildings

While the U.S. Supreme Court has been in the headlines for case and personnel-related matters, a bit of bizarre news unfolded in front of the SCOTUS building this week that caught many people off guard.

On Friday, Fox News reports, a medical helicopter had to land near the steps of the U.S. Capitol building, which sits across from the Supreme Court building, to take an injured man to the hospital. Reportedly, the unnamed man had attempted to set himself on fire.

Unsurprisingly, a bystander in the area caught the helicopter on video as it took off to rush the man to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Oddly enough, the incident came in the wake of another bizarre situation at the Capitol earlier in the week when evacuation orders were given due to a “threatening” aircraft near the Capitol, which turned out to be the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, who were jumping into Nationals Park for Military Appreciation Night.

After news of the helicopter evacuation went viral, the Capitol Police issued a statement on what had transpired.

“We just felt after this week the community needed to know why a helicopter was landing nearby,” a USCP spokesperson told Fox News, but provided no further detail on why he might have committed such a painful and horrific act on himself.

In a late-breaking update, USA Today reported that the man, still unnamed but reportedly from Boulder, Colorado, died in a nearby hospital from the injuries he sustained in the self-inflicted act.

Shockingly, it’s not the first time someone has died after lighting themselves on fire in Washington D.C. It happened as recently as 2019, when a 33-year-old man from Bethesda, Maryland set himself on fire in front of the White House, USA Today noted.