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A man rammed into a fence near the US Congress building in Washington, fired several shots into the air, then killed himself. This was reported by the Capitol Police on Sunday, August 14.

The incident took place after 4 a.m. (11 a.m. Moscow time) on the corner of East Capitol Street and Second Street in the city center.

At that moment, when the man got out of the car, it caught fire.

Unknown shot himself

Law enforcement officers, who had heard the sound of gunfire, reacted immediately and tried to approach the man, but he shot himself. There were no casualties. There is a summer break in the work of the US Congress, there are practically no employees in the building.

The investigation was taken over by the District of Columbia Police Department. The identity of the attacker and his motives are established.

Tensions rise during FBI attack on Trump

The attack comes at a time when law enforcement agencies across the country are facing a growing number of threats and federal officials have warned of the possibility of violent attacks on government buildings, the AP said. Tensions are mounting as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided former President Donald Trump’s estate in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

The attack is reminiscent of the April 2021 car collision by two Capitol police officers, the AP noted.

The US midterm elections are scheduled for November 8, 2022.

The longest sentence in the case of the storming of the Capitol

Earlier, on Aug. 1, Texas resident Guy Reffitt was sentenced to the longest term — seven years and three months in prison — in the case. about the storming of the Capitol in January 2021. The verdict was handed down by DC Judge Dabney Friedrich.

The Texan was part of a militarized radical far-right group. In March it is found guilty that he brought a firearm onto the grounds next to the Capitol in an attack on police officers and obstruction of an investigation. In addition, Reffitt threatened his son and daughter and demanded that they not contact law enforcement agencies.

US Congressional Investigation

Radical supporters of Donald Trump, who lost the US presidential election, broke through to the Capitol after his speech at a rally in Washington on January 6, 2021, where participants in a joint meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives confirmed the result of the vote. Protesters managed to break into the building, Congressional debates were suspended for several hours, lawmakers were evacuated.

The rioters clashed with police, who responded with tear gas. The National Guard has arrived in Washington. Five people, including a police officer, were killed in the fighting. The authorities took control of the convention building a few hours later. In the following weeks, two more police officers committed suicide. About 50 people were detained after the riots, several of whom were charged.

More than a thousand witnesses interviewed

After the storming of the Capitol, a U.S. House of Representatives committee examined more than 140,000 documents and questioned more than 1,000 witnesses to clarify Trump’s role at events. At its first meeting in early June, the commission held the ex-president primarily responsible for the unrest in Washington. After the eighth public hearings, a pause in the work of the committee was announced, a new meeting will be held in September. Trump denies his guilt and does not rule out the possibility that he will run for the presidency of the United States again in 2024.

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Peter Kavinsky

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