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Capitol gunman claimed to be a 'Prophet' who once said God told him to seduce teen girl

Larry Dawson, the man accused of pulling a weapon at the U.S. Capitol Monday, seen in a 2003 mugshot from a harassment case. He plead not guilty by reason of insanity, and was institutionalized. He now faces assault charges for his alleged actions from Monday's incident.

NASHVILLE, TN (WZTV) - Larry Dawson has been identified as the person involved in Monday's shooting at the U.S. Capitol.

According to the United States Capitol Police, Larry Dawson is accused of drawing a weapon while attempting to enter the security screening area of the Capitol Visitor Center around 2:40 p.m.

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Video posted on social media shows the chaos that ensued during the incident.


Dawson, 66 was shot by police and as of Tuesday afternoon was listed in stable but critical condition.

Dawson was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer while armed.

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But this isn't Dawson's first run in with law enforcement.

According to Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa confirmed Dawson was "known" to his agency.

CSPAN video shows the incident where he caused a disturbance in October 2015 during a House session.


Larry Dawson called himself a "prophet of God" and once said God commanded him to ask a teenage girl to come live with him.

According to an affidavit obtained by Fox 17. Dawson was arrested and charged back in 2003 in Franklin with harassment because he wrote a letter to a girl saying that she, " had been chosen to be his wife," and that " he wants the child to hear his baby."

Dawson entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. He was committed to the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.

Dawson apparently arrived in Washington, D.C. on Monday after spending Easter Sunday in church in Nashville with his daughter, according to a now-deleted Facebook post.


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