WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that a gunman who made threats against Judge Brett Kavanaugh was arrested near the judge’s Maryland home.
The man was arrested around 1:50 a.m., court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said in an email.
The California man, in his 20s, was armed with a gun and a knife, according to a police officer. The man, whose identity has not been released, arrived in a taxi early that morning and told police officers he intended to kill Kavanaugh, the officer said.
The officer was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The Washington Post first reported on the arrest, citing sources who said the man also had burglary tools with him. He told police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the court ruled Roe v. Wade will overturn the court’s landmark abortion case, the Post reported. According to the newspaper, he was also said to have been upset by the recent mass shootings.
The judges were placed under 24-hour surveillance in their homes amid fears of violence following the court’s final decision.
There have been protests outside Kavanaugh’s home in suburban Maryland just outside the District of Columbia and outside other judges’ homes, as well as demonstrations outside the courthouse, where a security fence surrounds the building and nearby roads have been closed.
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