James Von Brunn, accused gunman in the June 10 attack on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which resulted in the death of security guard Stephen Johns, died earlier today, according to newspaper reports. The 89-year-old white supremacist, wounded in the shooting, had been in a Bunter, N.C. federal prison for psychological examination. The reason for his death is unclear.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum issued a statement shortly after the news hit the wire:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Museum’s thoughts and prayers continue to be with Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns’ family at this time. Officer Johns died heroically defending the Museum, visitors and staff. This tragedy is a powerful reminder that our cause of fighting hatred remains more urgent than ever.
Leave it to USHMM to find a classy way to end this sad story.