Shooting drama's Kiwi star

Last updated 12:19 04/10/2013

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A New Zealander has rocketed to stardom in the United States for his shirtless interview following a lockdown at Washington DC's Capitol Hill.

Matthew Jacobs, of Wellington, saw the drama unfold when a woman in a black car tried to ram a barricade at the White House, before driving into a police car and leading officers on a chase to Capitol Hill, where she was killed by a volley of bullets.

The US Capitol is the equivalent of New Zealand's Parliament buildings, housing both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Police have said it was an isolated incident and wasn't related to any terrorist attack.

The shirtless, 26-year-old Jacobs was thrown into the limelight when media crowded around him to get his eye-witness account of the astonishing events.

Jacobs was apparently on a bike at the time of the interview. Social media lapped it up, even more so when they heard he had followed the action on his bike after seeing the car try to ram the barriers at the White House.

National Journal staff writer Matt Vasilogambros christened Jacobs the "Bro Witness" and the name, and Jacobs' image, spread like wildfire.

They don't mean bro in the New Zealand sense of "I'm beached as, bro", but in the American sense of a "fratboy" or someone that embraces the fraternity culture, New Zealand's Listener magazine reported.

Urban Dictionary explained bros were "obnoxious partying males who are often seen at college parties. When they aren't making an ass of themselves they usually just stand around holding a red plastic cup waiting for something exciting to happen so they can scream something that demonstrates how much they enjoy partying".

His baseball cap and toplessness suggested his bro-ness, and they even scored Bro Witness a spot on the Bro Bible site - a one-stop hub of Bro-worthy content.

Bro Witness took to Facebook after the event and the interviews to say he was okay:


The Listener said Bro Witness had reached such notoriety he'd already achieved a mention on knowyourmeme.com: "Bro Witness is the nickname given to New Zealander Matthew Jacobs by National Journal staff writer Matt Vasilogambros at the scene of the shooting at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on October 3rd, 2013."

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In fact, even Vanity Fair was getting in on the action: "Shirtless Brostander Effortlessly Diverts Debate Away From Gun Control and Government-Shutdown Safety," read its headline. 

The young Kiwi was part of a group on a Contiki trip around the states that started in Los Angeles and will finish in New York tomorrow.

One user on Twitter added that Bro Witness had endured the entire standoff without his shirt.

MATTHEW 'BRO WITNESS' JACOBS' INTERVIEW

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