It was an absolutely wild Friday in Washington, D.C. Earlier, as Matt covered, D.C. police responded to an active shooter in our nation’s capital, close to several embassies. Now, as Fox News’ Chad Pergram revealed in a video tweet from Friday night, a man has been taken away from the U.S. Supreme Court in a helicopter for medical attention, after he tried to light himself on fire.
A Fox News report from Pergram and Louis Casiano did not include a reason why the man tried to do such a thing. “The condition of Friday’s patient was not disclosed. Fox News has reached out to the Supreme Court Police,” the report also mentioned.
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A medical helicopter just landed near the Capitol for a medical emergency.— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 22, 2022
This is not a public safety issue. pic.twitter.com/WmGGmlBOQY
A U.S. Capitol Police is quoted as telling Fox News that “We just felt after this week the community needed to know why a helicopter was landing nearby.”
On Wednesday, as Matt also covered the U.S. Capitol had been evacuated out of concerns that an aircraft posed a “probable threat to the Capitol complex.” In reality, though, there was no threat. Rather, there had been confusion over a plane carrying U.S. Army parachutists heading to the Nationals baseball game nearby that same night for their military appreciation night. As Katie covered, people most definitely took notice of how poorly the U.S. Capitol Police looks when it comes to a level of preparedness, or lack thereof.
Pergram also tweeted an update from the FAA about an “internal review” they did.
A) FAA: The FAA’s initial review of the circumstances surrounding Wednesday night’s parachute demonstration by the U.S. Army Golden Knights at Nationals Park showed that we did not provide advance notification of this event to the U.S. Capitol Police.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 22, 2022
C) FAA: We value our partnership with the U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies, and we are taking immediate steps to ensure that we always coordinate well in advance with other agencies to avoid confusion over future aviation events in the Washington, D.C., area— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 22, 2022
When it comes to the shooting earlier on Friday that led to a call to shelter in place, police are currently searching for a suspect.