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Bethesda man identified as man who set himself on fire in front of White House

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Posted at 3:52 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 15:52:47-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Authorities have identified the man who died after lighting himself on fire Wednesday afternoon outside of the White House.

Officers from the United States Park Police and the United States Secret Service responded to reports of an adult man who reportedly lit himself on fire on the Ellipse, near the intersection of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue, on the National Mall at about 12:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Responders were able to extinguish the flames and the man was later transported to a local hospital for treatment, the United States Park Police said. He died later that evening.

The man was later identified as Arnav Gupta, of Bethesda. The investigation into the incident has been turned over to the Metropolitan Police Department.