FBI shooting in Ohio – latest: ‘Violent extremist’ Ricky Shiffer investigated for months after January 6 for Cincinnati standoff

Eric Trump blames Biden administration for FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago

Cincinnati shooting suspect Ricky Shiffer was shot and killed by police on the side of a highway hours after he tried to break through a visitor entrance at an FBI field office in the city.

The 42-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, fled the scene of the attempted attack on Thursday morning before a standoff and gunfight took place hours later. The FBI confirmed his death at 3:45 p.m. after a shootout.

Officials are investigating Shiffer’s ties to the US Capitol riots and right-wing extremism, as he appears to have claimed he was present in Washington on Jan. 6 on Truth Social, a pro-Trump social media site.

Federal agents were already investigating Shiffer’s links to the Capitol attack before the FBI’s standoff, the… New York Times reports.

Shiffer also appeared to support former US President Donald Trump’s baseless claims about a stolen 2020 election, responding to social media posts from pro-Trump figures such as Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Donald Trump Jr.

On Tuesday, the FBI conducted a search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida as part of an investigation into mishandling of White House documents, sparking anger among his supporters. The raid was referenced in Shiffer’s social media posts this week.

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Shiffer suspected of ‘domestic violent extremist’

Ricky Shiffer has been regarded by investigators as a “suspected violent extremist” in the country, law enforcement officials said Friday.

An official told ABC News that Shiffer was being investigated as a “suspected domestic violence extremist” and that his social media history was being investigated after Thursday’s attack on an FBI office.

The report cited his social media posts on Twitter and Truth Social, the platform Donald Trump set up after his departure.

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Shiffer had an ‘anger problem’, old acquaintances say

After officials identified Ohio’s Ricky Shiffer as the man who attacked an FBI office in Cincinnati on Thursday, those who knew the gunman, who was killed by police, began sharing their memories.

Ian McConnell was Shiffer’s neighbor at the Greystone Apartments complex in Columbus, Ohio, where Shiffer lived between 2017 and 2020.

Shiffer was a little odd but didn’t ring any alarm bells, Mr McConnell told the… Cincinnati Enquirer.

“We knew he was a little off,” McConnell said. “He had a bit of an anger problem about his car, but who doesn’t?”

The former neighbor said he was shocked to learn what happened to Shiffer, who left Columbus with outspoken ambitions to live in the West.

“It was a shock to us that he ended up in Cincinnati,” said McConnell. “I’m afraid this is two years too late and Ricky has been picked up by the wrong audience.”

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What We Know About Shiffer’s Military Experience

Ricky Shiffer, the Ohio man who died Thursday in an armed confrontation with police after an attack on an FBI field office in Cincinnati, was a military veteran.

The 42-year-old served in the Navy on a nuclear submarine and later with the National Guard, Military.com reports.

Shiffer served in the Navy between 1998 and 2003, serving as a fire control technician and operating aboard the nuclear-powered USS Columbia at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, earning no honors or honors. The position meant he was responsible for the systems used to maintain and fire the craft’s advanced weapons.

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Shiffer was on the FBI’s radar months before the attack

Federal officials had been watching Ricky Shiffer for months, long before the Ohio gunman attacked an FBI office in Cincinnati on Thursday and was killed in a shootout with police.

Officials were investigating whether Shiffer was involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol or had ties to extremist groups there. New York Times reports.

A neighbor told the Time that federal agents showed up at their apartment complex and asked questions.

Social media accounts that appear to belong to Shiffer have posted that they were part of the January 6 riots.

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Shiffer was on the FBI’s radar months before the attack

Federal officials had been watching Ricky Shiffer for months, long before the Ohio gunman attacked an FBI office in Cincinnati on Thursday and was killed in a shootout with police.

Officials were investigating whether Shiffer was involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol or had ties to extremist groups there. New York Times reports.

A neighbor told the Time that federal agents showed up at their apartment complex and asked questions.

Social media accounts that appear to belong to Shiffer have posted that they were part of the January 6 riots.

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What was the FBI looking for in Trump’s raid that angered Ricky Shiffer?

Ohio shooter Ricky Shiffer appears to have been inspired by violence after the FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence for evidence in an investigation into his White House’s handling of government documents.

Here is Andrew Feinberg‘s report on what the FBI didn’t find during the search.

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ICYMI: What We Know About Ricky Shiffer

Law enforcement officers shot and killed an Ohio man named Ricky Shiffer on Thursday afternoon after the 42-year-old allegedly assaulted an FBI field office in Cincinnati, armed with a nail gun and assault rifle.

Shiffer, who, according to public records, lived in the city of Columbus, Ohio obtained by the Daily Beastreportedly left a series of violent comments on social media in recent months prior to the attack.

Here’s everything we know about Ricky Shiffer.

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The GOP Attack on the FBI Shows No Signs of Stopping

Republicans in Congress who rely on Donald Trump to excite voters in the fall election are not only defending the former president against the FBI search at his Mar-a-Lago home, but are also using it politically with serious and potential dangerous rhetoric against the nation’s justice system.

The party that once stood firm for law and order has drastically changed course, fueling opposition to the FBI, and tapping into political grievances and far-right conspiracies that fueled the deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

It’s all part of the GOP’s election year strategy to harness voters’ outcry over the unprecedented search, quickly and unequivocally set in motion when Trump hosted a dozen Republicans for a dinner the day after the FBI action. steak and scallops at his private club in Bedminster.

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Police investigate links of FBI attack in Ohio to ‘violent extremist’ groups

Ricky Shiffer, the 42-year-old suspect who attacked an FBI field office in Ohio, is considered by investigators to be a “suspected violent extremist” in the country.

A law enforcement official told ABC News on Friday that Shiffer was being investigated as a “suspected domestic violence extremist” and that his social media history was being investigated after Thursday’s attack on an FBI office.

Investigators are also investigating whether or not Shiffer had ties to far-right extremist groups such as the Proud Boys, whose members have been accused of participating on Jan. 6, according to the Associated Press.

In the days before the attack, Shiffer appeared to be calling for the killing of FBI agents in posts on Truth Social, the social media platform set up by Donald Trump, NBC News reported Thursday.

To overtake Gino Spocchia‘s report.

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ICMYI: Ricky Shiffer was a veteran

Ricky Shiffer, the Ohio man who died Thursday in an armed confrontation with police after an attack on an FBI field office in Cincinnati, was a military veteran.

The 42-year-old served in the Navy on a nuclear submarine and later with the National Guard, Military.com reports.

The Ohio man joined the Navy shortly after high school, The Washington Post reports.

Shiffer grew up on a small family farm in Perry County, Pennsylvania, near the Susquehanna River, the oldest of four siblings. More details can be found in our full report.

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