Man dies after setting himself on fire outside Supreme Court building, police say

A man set himself on fire Friday evening outside the United States Supreme Court, a spokesman for the court said, while stressing that 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 of his injuries.

According to the court spokesperson, the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Minutes later, a medical helicopter landed and took the man to a local hospital.

No one else was injured, the spokesman said.

The area was closed to the public after Supreme Court Police, United States Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene.

“The area remains closed for further investigation, but it is not a public safety concern,” the court’s spokesperson said in a statement.

The Supreme Court was not in session at the time and Congress is in recess. The Capitol is directly across from the Supreme Court.

Capitol Police tweeted about the Friday night incident, saying the helicopter was responding to a medical emergency and there was no threat to others.

NBC News has contacted Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department for comment.

The Capitol was evacuated Wednesday night after the Federal Aviation Administration failed to alert Capitol Police of the US Army’s Golden Knights parachute project from an airplane in the nearby national park for the military appreciation night. Police later said there was no threat to the Capitol building.

Earlier Friday, DC was rocked by a shooting that injured four people near two campuses in a residential part of town.

Caryn Littler and Michelle Acevedo contributed.

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