(Washington, D.C.) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that an armed man who made threats against Justice Brett Kavanaugh was arrested near the justice’s house in Maryland.
Patricia McCabe, the court spokeswoman for Patricia McCabe stated in an email that the man had been arrested around 1:50 am.
A law enforcement official said that the California man in his 20s was armed with both a gun, and a knife. Unidentified man arrived by taxi in the early morning, and told police officers that he was going to murder Kavanaugh.
The official could not discuss the details of ongoing investigations publicly and spoke with The Associated Press under anonymity.
The Washington Post reported initially the incident, and cited sources who claimed that the suspect was also carrying burglary tools. He told police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the court is about to overrule Roe v. Wade, the court’s landmark abortion case, the Post reported. According to reports, he was also upset by recent mass shootings.
The justices have been provided round-the-clock security at their homes amid concerns about violence following the court’s ultimate decision.
There have been protests at Kavanaugh’s house in a Maryland suburb just outside the District of Columbia, and at the homes of other justices, as well as demonstrations at the court, where a security fence rings the building and nearby streets have been closed.
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