Gunman tries to break into FBI office in Cincinnati, causing stalemate

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, an armed suspect has been shot and killed by police after an attempted break-in at an FBI building in Cincinnati sparked a stalemate in rural Clinton County. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it began around 9 a.m. when a gunman attempted to breach FBI Cincinnati’s visitor screening. An alarm went off and FBI special agents responded when the man fired a nail gun at law enforcement, sources tell NBC. The man then held up an AR-15-style rifle before fleeing in a vehicle north on I-71 leading the Ohio State Highway Patrol in a chase. Police said the suspect fired shots from his vehicle during the chase before coming off the highway and stopping near Smith Road in Clinton County. Then police said the suspect and the officers exchanged shots, leading to a stalemate. Police officers tried to negotiate with the suspect, but were unsuccessful. At the time, officers tried to come forward and take the suspect into custody, but those attempts were also unsuccessful, OSP said. The suspect later raised a firearm at law enforcement and shots were fired by officers at the scene. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, OSP said. No officers were injured during the standoff. Police have not identified the suspect, but NBC News reports that he has been identified as Ricky Walter Shiffer. FBI Director Christopher Wray released a statement following the attempted breach and fatal standoff: “Unwarranted attacks on the integrity of the FBI undermine respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others.” and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be of great concern to all Americans.Every day I see the men and women of the FBI do their job professionally and with accuracy, objectivity and a fierce commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. I am proud to serve alongside them.” The Cincinnati FBI office released a separate statement on the incident Thursday night, saying they will investigate the shooting. “At approximately 9:15 a.m. on August 11, 2022, an armed male test subject attempted to breach the FBI office’s visitor screening facility in Cincinnati. The subject eventually fled and was found by the FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and local law enforcement near Wilmington, OH. The subject shot at law enforcement officers. Police also fired their weapons during the incident. At about 3:45 p.m., the subject was shot and died. The FBI is now investigating this shooting that involved an agent. The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously. In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident is being investigated by the FBI’s Inspection Department. The assessment process is thorough and objective and is carried out as quickly as possible under the circumstances.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, an armed suspect was shot and killed by police after an attempted break-in at an FBI building in Cincinnati led to a stalemate in rural Clinton County.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it began around 9 a.m. when an armed man attempted to penetrate the FBI Cincinnati visitor screening facility.

An alarm went off and FBI special agents responded when the man fired a nail gun at law enforcement, sources tell NBC. The man then held up an AR-15-style rifle before fleeing in a vehicle north on I-71 leading the Ohio State Highway Patrol in a chase.

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Police said the suspect fired shots from his vehicle during the chase before coming off the highway and stopping near Smith Road in Clinton County.

That’s when police said the suspect and officers exchanged gunfire, leading to a stalemate.

Police officers tried to negotiate with the suspect, but were unsuccessful.

Then officers tried to come forward and take the suspect into custody, but those attempts were also unsuccessful, OSP said.

The suspect later raised a firearm at the police and shots were fired by officers at the scene. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, OSP said.

No officers were injured during the standoff. Police have not identified the suspect, but NBC News reports that he has been identified as Ricky Walter Shiffer.

FBI Director Christopher Wray released a statement following the attempted breach and fatal standoff:

“Unwarranted attacks on the integrity of the FBI undermine respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others. Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and would disturbing to all Americans. Every day I see the men and women of the FBI doing their job professionally and with accuracy, objectivity and a fierce dedication to our mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution. I am proud of it along with them.”

The FBI’s Cincinnati office released a separate statement on the incident Thursday night and said they will investigate the shooting.

“At approximately 9:15 a.m. on August 11, 2022, an armed male test subject attempted to breach the FBI office’s visitor screening facility in Cincinnati. The subject eventually fled and was found by the FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and local law enforcement near Wilmington, OH. The subject shot at law enforcement officers. Police also fired their weapons during the incident. At about 3:45 p.m., the subject was shot and died. The FBI is now investigating this shooting that involved an agent. The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously. In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident is being investigated by the FBI’s Inspection Department. The assessment process is thorough and objective and is carried out as quickly as possible under the circumstances.”

WLWT is working on more information and will continue to update with the latest information as it comes in.

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