Burned man after blowing up a police car in front of the Supreme Court

A police car was set on fire and exploded in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, and authorities quickly detained a suspect who was allegedly burned while setting the vehicle on fire.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told the Washington Examiner that “an individual poured an accelerator and set fire to an unmarked Supreme Court police vehicle” near the court’s main entrance.

“The car was completely burned and an adjacent court vehicle was also damaged,” said Arberg. “The individual suffered burns in the process. The Supreme Court police detained him and transported him by ambulance to treat his injuries. “

The U.S. attorney’s office for DC, which processes most federal and local crimes in the city, did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

Passerby Marissa Barrera, aide to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Tweeted images of the burning vehicle during her lunch break.

“Um, there is a burning car at SCOTUS,” Barrera reported. “It is still in the process of periodically exploding. Outdoor lunch is over. “

It is unclear why the vehicle was attacked, although many DC police cars were wrecked or burned last month during riots over the murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police.