A police car was set ablaze and exploded outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday and authorities quickly apprehended a suspect who allegedly burned himself while torching the vehicle.
Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told the Washington Examiner that “an individual poured an accelerant on and set on fire an unmarked Supreme Court police vehicle” near the court’s front entrance.
“The car was totally burned, and an adjacent Court vehicle was also damaged,” Arberg said. “The individual suffered burns in the process. He was taken into custody by Supreme Court Police and was transported by ambulance for treatment of his injuries.”
The US attorney’s office for DC, which prosecutes most local and federal crimes in the city, did not immediately respond to a request for more information.
Passerby Marissa Barrera, an aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted footage of the flaming vehicle while on her lunch break.
“Um there’s a car on fire at SCOTUS,” Barrera reported. “It’s still in the process of exploding periodically. Outdoor lunch break is OVER.”
It’s unclear why the vehicle was attacked, though many DC police cars were vandalized or burned last month during unrest over the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.
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