Suspect in Capitol attack suffered delusions

Suspect in Capitol attack suffered delusions
The car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill is seen near the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: The man who rammed a car at a barricade outside the US Capitol building, killing one police officer before he was shot to death by police, had been suffering from delusions, suicidal thoughts and paranoia, a US official told on Saturday.

Investigators believe the attack on the Capitol was an isolated incident from a disturbed young man who suffered delusions.

Capitol Police acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters that video of the Friday’s attack shows the driver, 25-year-old Noah Green, emerging from the crashed car with a knife and starting to run at the pair of officers. Police shot the suspect who died at a hospital.

An official said that investigators are increasingly focused on Green’s mental health as they work to identify any motive for the attack. The official, on the condition of anonymity, said investigators had talked to Green’s family, who spoke of his increasingly delusional thoughts.

In a now-removed online post, 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 Louis Farrakhan, its longtime leader and spoke of going through a difficult time when he leaned on his faith.

Some of his messages were captured by the group SITE, which tracks online activity.

In late March, he wrote: “To be honest these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher.”

In that post he wrote that he has been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in his life.

“I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey,” he said.

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