Man who tried to enter Cincinnati FBI office from outside dies in confrontation

A man who tried to break into the FBI office died after a confrontation.


An armed man wearing a bulletproof vest who tried to enter the FBI office in Cincinnati on Thursday was shot and killed by police after he fled the scene. and got into an hour-long standoff in a rural part of the state, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The confrontation came as authorities warned of increased threats against federal agents in the days after a raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The man is believed to have been in Washington in the days leading up to the January 6, 2021 insurrection. and may have been present on Capitol Hill the day of the attack, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the matter.

The official was unable to publicly discuss the details of the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity, according to the AP agency.

The suspect was identified as Ricky Schiffer, 42, according to the police officer. He was not charged with any crime in connection with the Jan. 6 attack, the official said. federal investigators are examining whether Shiffer may have had ties to far-right groups, including the Proud Boyssaid the official.

Shiffer ‘attempted to breach’ visitor control area at FBI office around 9:15 a.m. and fled when officers confronted him, according to the federal authorities’ account of the incident.

After fleeing onto Interstate 71, he was spotted and shot by a police officer as he chased him, said Lt. Nathan Dennis, a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. at a press conference.

Shiffer exited the interstate north of Cincinnati and abandoned his car on rural roads, where he exchanged fire with police and was injured.though no one else was hurt, Dennis said.

Shiffer was shot after he raised a gun toward police around 3 p.m. Thursday, Dennis said. The fatal encounter with police occurred after negotiations broke down and police tried unsuccessfully to use “less lethal tactics,” Dennis said, without elaborating.

State highway workers blocked roads leading to the scene as a helicopter flew over the area. Officials blocked off a one-mile radius near the interstate and urged residents and business owners to lock their doors and stay inside, but it was later reopened.

There have been increasing threats in recent days against FBI agents and offices across the country since federal agents executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. On Gab, a social networking site popular with white supremacists and anti-Semites, users warned that they are preparing for an armed revolution.

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