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U.S. Capitol Shooter Once Declared Himself 'A Prophet Of God'

Larry Dawson was arrested last year for shouting in the House of Representatives.

The man accused of taking out a gun and pointing it at officers inside the U.S. Capitol on Monday interrupted a session in the House of Representatives on Oct. 22, 2015, and yelled from the balcony, “I'm a prophet of God.”

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Larry Dawson, 66, of Antioch, Tennessee, is charged with assault after he entered the north screening area of the Capitol Visitor Center and drew a weapon, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a press conference.

Dawson was wounded and is currently in stable but critical condition.

Larry Dawson was arrested for pulling a gun at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
Larry Dawson was arrested for pulling a gun at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.

According to a police report obtained by The Daily Beast, Dawson ran away from authorities and resisted arrest after the October incident. He was arrested for assaulting a police officer and unlawful conduct.

Dawson missed his November court appearance. The Washington Post reports that Dawson wrote a letter to the court saying, "I have been called chosen and sent unto you this day. I am not under the law!”

“Therefore I will not comply with the court order, nor will I surrender myself to your office. No longer will I let myself be governed by flesh and blood, but only by the Divine Love of God!!!” Dawson wrote.

Read Dawson's entire letter to the court here.

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