The Tennessee man who had drew a pellet gun and caused a major disturbance at Capitol Hill on March 28 was a pastor who interrupted Congress last year by proclaiming himself “the prophet of God.”
Larry Dawson, 66, was shot by the police at the visitor’s center on Capitol Hill after he appeared to be brandishing a gun, ABC News reports. Dawson was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery.
Dawson appears to be mentally disturbed. In October last year, he barged into Congress and shouted that he was “the Prophet of God.” He was fired as a school-bus driver in 2001 for harassing a teenage girl, and had lost his license as a funeral director, according to the Tennessean.
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He was arrested for disrupting Congress, and also charged with assaulting a police officer on Capitol grounds.
Dawson had received a funeral director license in 1972, but failed to renew it after it expired in 2004 because the board rejected his application based on moral character.
“Apparently … Mr. Dawson wrote a letter to an underage girl [in 2003] telling her that God told him to have sex with her,” Kevin Walter, a Tennessee government official, told the Tennessean. “So the board denied him in those instances.”
A recent video on the website of Dawson’s church shows him asking for donations to fund a trip to Washington DC, where he said he would campaign for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.00 an hour.