Sisters want to clear brother’s name after US Capitol shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – For the first time, the family of the Antioch man accused of drawing a pellet gun last week at the U.S. Capitol visitor center is speaking out in an effort to clear their loved one’s name.

Larry Dawson was shot by police after he tried to get through security at the U.S. Capitol with a weapon.

Sisters Dorothy Mitchell and Pamela Coleman said they remain in shock nearly a week after the incident involving their brother. They told News 2 Sunday they don’t know what his motive was when he entered the Capitol Monday.

When asked by reporter Stephanie Langston if the incident had anything to do with religion, they quickly responded, “no.” The two sisters said Dawson is a good man.

“I know there is so much going on, so much speculation but he is really a good brother, a good father and most of all, a great grandfather,” Mitchell said.

Both Mitchell and Coleman just returned home from visiting Dawson in Washington D.C. where he remains hospitalized in stable condition. “We are prayerful that Larry will continue to get better. We are thankful that no one else got seriously injured,” Coleman said in part.

The siblings said Dawson is a retired minister that teaches their family Bible study regularly. “A very good man of God,” Mitchell said.

For now, they said are relying on prayer as they move forward. “The family is staying prayerful and we are just taking one day at a time,” Mitchell told News 2.

Dawson could face up to 55 years in prison. He is accused of assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer while armed. His court date has not yet been set.

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