CINCINNATI, Ohio – An armed man was fatally shot by law enforcement after he attempted to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati office and fled the scene Thursday, authorities said.
An hourslong standoff followed, where the man was at one point “contained,” according to the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency.
During the standoff, the suspect raised a gun toward police, said Lt. Nathan Dennis of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Law enforcement officers shot and killed him at about 3:45 p.m., he said.
“He succumbed to his injuries at the scene and everything remains under investigation at this time,” Dennis said at a press conference.
Authorities have not publicly identified the suspect, but the Associated Press reported that an official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, identified him as 42-year-old Ricky Shiffer.
The official said Shiffer was believed to be in Washington in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 attack of the Capitol, and may have been present at the insurrection.
Shiffer was not charged with any crimes in connection with the Jan. 6 attack, the official said.
The suspect attempted to breach the visitor screening facility at around 9 a.m. at the bureau’s field office in Cincinnati, the FBI said in a tweet. Officials said the man was wearing body armor
After an alarm went off and special agents responded, the man fled north onto Interstate 71.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers pursued the man, who fled in a Crown Victoria, said Thomas Breckle, director of Clinton County Emergency Management Agency. Officers traded gunfire with him as he drove away, Breckle said.
The suspect left the interstate and abandoned his car on nearby roads, where he exchanged gunfire with police.
Clinton County Emergency Management issued a lockdown for all buildings within a one-mile radius of the area and instructed residents and business-owners to lock their doors and remain inside.
The incident came a day after the FBI director warned against threats circulating online against agents and the Justice Department in the wake of the agency’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. On Wednesday, the FBI cited increased social media threats when warning agents to avoid protesters and ensure their security key cards are not visible outside FBI spaces.
FBI Director Christopher Wray reiterated his defense of the bureau after the attempted breach in Cincinnati.
“Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” Wray said in a statement.
“Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans. Every day I see the men and women of the FBI doing their jobs professionally and with rigor, objectivity, and a fierce commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. I am proud to serve alongside them.”
Contributing: The Associated Press