A few hours-ago standoffs, a suspect was fatally shot by police in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday afternoon, according to authorities. The guy allegedly tried to break into the Cincinnati FBI field office building at around 9 a.m., after which he led police on a pursuit.
According to two law enforcement sources, the suspect was named Ricky Shiffer. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Nathan Dennis, the suspect terminated the standoff by firing at the police. The suspect passed away at the scene after the officers returned the fire. The conflict resulted in no injuries to the cops.
Around 9 a.m., Ohio State Highway Patrol officers and local law enforcement officers responded to the alleged breach attempt at the FBI field office, which is when the incident started to take place.
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By allegedly attempting to enter through the visitor screening facility, a suspect allegedly set off alarms. According to the FBI, after swift action by special agents, the suspect fled, leading law authorities to close a mile-long section of a nearby roadway and issue a lockdown alert for local homes and businesses.
The state highway patrol reported that soon after 9:30 a.m., troopers discovered a Ford Crown Victoria in Warren County on Interstate 71 that matched the description of the armed suspect’s car. Officers chased the driver away as the automobile fired a gunshot.
After being chased by police, the suspect stopped the vehicle at 9:53 a.m. on Smith Road in Clinton County, where he then got out and opened fire. He hid behind his car, starting a standoff with the police.
Officers tried to take him into custody after fruitless attempts at negotiation. Around 3:42 p.m., the suspect fired several shots, prompting law police to retaliate, according to Dennis. On the spot, the suspect passed away. In a statement, the FBI claimed that one of its agents was engaged in the shooting and stated that it was “reviewing this agent-involved shooting.”
Authorities stated the issue is still being looked into but did not provide any information on a potential reason for the breach. The publication of more details is anticipated for Thursday night.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement on Thursday that “unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI degrade respect for the rule of law and are a grievous disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to safeguard others.” “All Americans should be extremely concerned about violence and threats against law enforcement, especially the FBI.”
The incident also happened the day after FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a warning on threatening messages that had been posted online following this week’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a statement, “This was an atrocious attack on law enforcement. My staff and I are monitoring the situation as it develops.” “All those whose lives were jeopardized by this attack are in my thoughts,” the speaker said.
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