Ricky Shiffer: A gunman attempted to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati office and was shot dead after a chase and confrontation with the police. This is what we know

The suspect has been identified as Ricky Shiffer, according to three federal law enforcement sources. A separate federal law enforcement source told CNN that the suspect was believed to have been armed with a nail gun and AR-15 rifle.

After attempting to enter the FBI facility, authorities say he fled and his vehicle was followed by state police. When the vehicle chase ended, there was a prolonged stalemate that ended when the suspect was shot and killed by law enforcement officers, authorities said.

The FBI said in a statement it is investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting of the suspect.

While authorities have not released a motive, the FBI is investigating the man’s social media presence and whether he had any links to right-wing extremism, one of the sources told CNN.

Here’s what we know about the attempted break-in and the suspect.

What happened when the suspect tried to get into the office?

At about 9:15 a.m. ET, an armed man attempted to breach the FBI field office visitor screening, the agency said in a statement.

“After activating an alarm and a response from armed special agents from the FBI, the subject fled north to Interstate 71,” FBI Cincinnati said in a statement.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officers responded and found the suspect around 9:37 a.m. at a layover in a Ford Crown Victoria, the highway patrol said in a statement.

Troopers tried to stop the suspect, but he fled and a vehicle chase ensued, Lieutenant Nathan Dennis, a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said at a news conference. He said that shots were fired from the suspect’s car during the chase.

The suspect got off the highway on Route 73 and came to a stop on a road in Clinton County around 9:53 a.m., the highway patrol said.

How did the deadlock go?

After stopping, the man got out and “occupied officers,” the highway patrol said. Shots were fired between the police and the suspect, who used his vehicle as cover, they said.

The suspect was wearing body armor, according to a Facebook post from the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency. A lockdown was in effect within a 1-mile radius of the site of the standoff, the post said.

The stalemate lasted for several hours as police tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with the suspect, the highway patrol said.

Members of the FBI gather outside the FBI's Cincinnati office after an armed man tried to break into the building.

“When the negotiations failed, officers tried to take the suspect into custody by using less lethal tactics,” the agency said. “At about 3:42 p.m., the suspect raised a firearm and shots were fired by law enforcement officers.”

The suspect was shot and died at the scene from his injuries, the agency said.

It is unclear what less lethal tactics the authorities used in their attempt to arrest him.

What do we know about the suspect?

The FBI is investigating Shiffer’s social media presence and whether he had ties to right-wing extremism, a federal law enforcement source told CNN.

Authorities are also investigating whether he participated in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol or was associated with groups that took part in the attack, a separate federal law enforcement source tells CNN.

A social media account by the name of Ricky Shiffer posted on former President Donald Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, appears to refer to his attempt to storm an FBI office.

The report of the attack on the FBI’s office was posted minutes after the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the incident at the Cincinnati office began shortly after 9:15 a.m.

“Well, I thought I had my way through bulletproof glass, and I didn’t,” the user posted at 9:29 a.m. Thursday. “If you don’t hear from me, it’s true that I tried to attack the FBI, which means I was taken off the Internet, the FBI got me, or they sent the regular police.”

It’s unclear if the user tried to write more, as the message stops after “while”.

Authorities have not yet confirmed the suspect’s account. However, a law enforcement source confirmed to CNN that a photo on the account matched a government ID photo of the suspect.

Ohio suspect's name impasse with FBI posted on Trump's social media platform, encouraging violence against agency

The FBI declined to comment on the account and its publications, citing the ongoing investigation.

On the account, which has only been active in recent weeks, the user posted thoughts that were politically violent and revolutionary. But it wasn’t until the FBI issued a search warrant on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home that the user began to fixate on responding violently to the agency.

“People, this is it,” the user wrote on August 8, the day the FBI carried out the order. “I hope a call to arms comes from someone more qualified, but if not, this is your call to arms from me.

In that post, the user encouraged people to head to gun and pawnshops to “grab what you need to get ready for battle.”

When another person responded to the user saying that they would send his photo and information to the FBI, the user replied by saying, “Come on.”

It is unclear whether the information was actually forwarded to the FBI.

On August 9, the user wrote that people were on their way to gather in Palm Beach and said that if the FBI broke up the group, “kill them.”

The account user also claimed they were present in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, but did not say whether they entered the Capitol.

How has the FBI responded?

FBI headquarters are investigating the “shooting involving agents,” the agency said in a statement. A law enforcement source told CNN that the agency has dispatched a Shooting Incident Review Team to the scene, which is standard when an FBI special agent or task force officer fires a weapon.

The assessment team will gather evidence, interview witnesses and ultimately determine whether the use of deadly force was justified, the source said.

“The FBI takes seriously all shooting incidents involving our agents or members of the task force,” the agency said in a statement. “The review process is thorough and objective and is carried out as quickly as possible under the circumstances.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray released a statement Thursday evening condemning attacks on law enforcement and the FBI.

“Unwarranted attacks on the integrity of the FBI undermine respect for the rule of law and are a serious 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 be highly worrying for all Americans,” Wray said.

CNN’s Paul P. Murphy, Evan Perez, Michelle Watson, Caroll Alvarado, Chuck Johnston and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.

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