All hell broke loose when shots rang out at the Capitol this afternoon, but it now seems that the shooter was no stranger to the Capitol or police.
This was not his first trip to Washington, or his first run-in with Capitol police. In October, he had a delusional outburst in the House when he interrupted the session and began yelling “I’m a prophet of God.”
According to D.C. court records, he was charged with assaulting a police officer and unlawful conduct on Capitol grounds as a result of the October incident. He was released, but never showed up for court and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest on Nov. 19.
After failing to appear for his court date, he wrote a letter to the court in January which read:
I have been called chosen and sent unto You this day. I am not under the Law! . . . Therefore, I will not comply with the court order, nor will I surrender myself unto your office.”
The letter adds: “For sin shall not dominion over you. For you are Not under the law, but under Grace!!!” It concludes, “No longer will I let myself be governed by flesh and blood, but only by the Divine Love of God!!!!
Today, Dawson’s actions turned violent when he pulled out a gun during a security screening. Matthew Verderosa, chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, described the chaotic scene during an afternoon press conference.
During routine administrative screening the individual drew what appeared to be a weapon and pointed it at officers. The officer fired and struck the suspect, who was subsequently treated by medical personnel. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment.”
Surely tighter gun restrictions and better mental health care could have helped prevent today’s situation, which could have easily resulted in the loss of innocent lives. In my opinion, freaking out in the middle of the House while ranting about being a “prophet of God” definitely counts as a red flag.
Watch Dawson’s October outburst in the House here:
— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) March 28, 2016
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