Nearly three months after a crazed group of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, a lone wolf in a car rammed into several Capitol police officers this week, in a bizarre event that left the attacker and one police officer dead.
The terrifying incident came as National Guard troops continue to guard the nation’s capital, (and Capitol), from would-be revolutionaries who believe that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.
Now, the search for a motive has begun, but there’s no guarantee that an answer can be found.
The man who rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol, killing one of them before he was shot to death by police, had been suffering from delusions, paranoia and suicidal thoughts, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. Investigators believe it was an isolated incident from a disturbed young man.
Video of the Friday afternoon attack shows the driver emerging from the crashed car with a knife in his hand and starting to run at the pair of officers, Capitol Police acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. Police shot the suspect, 25-year-old Noah Green, who died at a hospital.
The troubles in Green’s life were very real.
In online posts since removed, Green described being under government thought control and said he was being watched. He described himself as a follower of the Nation of Islam and its longtime leader, Louis Farrakhan, and spoke of going through a difficult time when he leaned on his faith. Some of the messages were captured by the group SITE, which tracks online activity.
“To be honest these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher,” he wrote in late March. “I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey.”
Mental health was also considered a major factor during a recent mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, despite the continued, erroneous claims by Democrats that the massacre was motivated by the deranged individual’s gun ownership.
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