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Armed Man Attempted To Breach FBI’s Cincinnati Office, Fatally Shot After Standoff
An armed man tried to enter the FBI’s Cincinnati office and was fatally shot after a standoff with police. Here’s what we know
By Elizabeth Wolfe, Josh Campbell, Brynn Gingras and Paul P. Murphy, CNN
An armed man suspected of trying to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati field office Thursday was killed after an hours-long standoff with law enforcement, authorities say.
The suspect was believed to be armed with an AR-15 rifle and a nail gun, a federal law enforcement source told CNN, and was wearing body armor, according to officials in an Ohio county.
He was Ricky W. Shiffer, 42, of Columbus, the state highway patrol said Friday.
After attempting to enter the FBI facility, he fled and his vehicle was followed by state police, authorities said. When the vehicle pursuit ended in southwestern Ohio, a lengthy standoff followed, ending with law enforcement shooting and killing the suspect, according to authorities.
The FBI is investigating the circumstances that led to the suspect being shot, the bureau said.
While authorities have not announced a motive, the FBI is investigating the man’s social media presence and whether he had ties to right-wing extremism, a federal law enforcement source told CNN.
A social media account bearing Shiffer’s name appears to have referenced an attempt to storm an FBI office that day. It also recently made a “call to arms” — and called for violence against the agency — after the FBI executed a search warrant Monday at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home.
Authorities have not confirmed the account belongs to the suspect, though a law enforcement source told CNN an image on the account matched a government ID photo of him.
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