Tennessee Pastor Larry Russell Dawson Gunned Down by Police After Pulling a Gun at the Capitol’s Visitor Center, Was Banned Months Before for Disrupting Congress and Shouting He Was a ‘Prophet of God’

Larry Russell Dawson, of Antioch, Tennessee, was arrested after he pulled a gun on in the Capitol's visitor center - just hours after an active shooter drill in the government building
Larry Russell Dawson, of Antioch, Tennessee, was arrested after he pulled a gun on in the Capitol’s visitor center – just hours after an active shooter drill in the government building

A Tennessee pastor has pulled a gun in the Capitol just months after he was banned from the building for disrupting Congress by yelling that he was a ‘prophet of God.’ 

Larry Russell Dawson was shot by police when he produced the weapon after it triggered metal detectors at the Capitol’s visitor center – hours after an active shooter drill in the government building.

The 66-year-old, who has been taken to hospital for surgery, was gunned down before he was able to fire the gun shortly before 3pm today. A female visitor was hit by shrapnel from the police’s gunfire.

Dawson, a married pastor at St Luke’s Spiritual Church in Antioch, Nashville, had been banned from entering the Capitol building after an incident last year.

In October, he was arrested in the US Capitol for disrupting Congress by yelling ‘I am a prophet of God’ from the balcony of the House of Representatives.

According to court documents Dawson, who also shouted bible verses was removed from gallery but but attempted to flee from police.

He was charged with assaulting a police officer during his arrest and unlawful conduct at the Capitol, the Daily Beast reports.

Dawson was slapped with a Stay Away Order – which barred him from entering the U.S. Capitol building, grounds and all Congressional buildings, NBC Washington reports.

The pastor has previously visited Washington on a number of occasions to call for a higher minimum wage as part of his church’s Movement.

Today’s incident began at around 2.40pm when Dawson tried to walk through the metal detector of the visitor center and set the bleepers off.

In response, he pulled a ‘pellet gun’ according to some reports, and pointed it at a screener – but was immediately shot and wounded by police.

The shooting sparked confusion at the Capitol building as reports came soon after a scheduled active shooter drill, which staff had been notified about via email.

Video posted on Instagram shows crowds running and screaming after the gunshots sounded. Many were shoe-less, having just taken them off to go through the security barrier.

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Source: Daily Mail UK |  HANNAH PARRY and MIA DE GRAAF