Gunman who tried to break into FBI office in Ohio killed after six-hour standoff with police

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An armed suspect who tried to breach a secure area at an FBI field office in Ohio, led police on a chase and exchanged gunfire with officers, was shot and killed by police after an hourslong standoff, the Ohio Highway State Patrol said.

Multiple reports have identified the suspect as Ricky Walter Shiffer. Law enforcement is reportedly investigating whether he was involved in the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol.

The suspect was shot after he raised a gun at police, patrol spokesman Lt. Nathan Dennis said during a news conference.

Multiple federal, state and law enforcement agencies were on scene where a struggle with the suspect was underway, the Ohio State Highway Patrol tweeted earlier.

The standoff with the armed suspect, who was wearing body armor, lasted more than six hours in a rural field in Wilmington, Ohio. It was not immediately clear if the suspect was in custody.

A spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol or the FBI Cincinnati office could not be reached for comment.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it responded to Interstate 71 in an attempt to locate an armed suspect who fled the FBI Cincinnati Field Office.

Investigators outside the FBI Cincinnati Field Office after an armed suspect showed up and fled the scene.

Investigators outside the FBI Cincinnati Field Office after an armed suspect showed up and fled the scene.
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At approximately 9, an armed subject attempted to breach the visitor screening facility at FBI Cincinnati, according to tweets from the FBI Cincinnati account.

Unconfirmed information shared internally among agents indicated the suspect may have been brandishing a nail gun and an AR-15 rifle, the source said.

Troopers located the suspect’s vehicle, a Ford Crown Victoria, near the northbound Interstate 71 rest stop in Warren County around 1 p.m. 9:37.

Law enforcement gave chase and the suspect traveled about 60 miles northwest before the pursuit ended at I-71 and Hwy 73.

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The State Highway Patrol said shots were fired from inside the suspect’s vehicle. The pursuit continued on Interstate 71 until the suspect exited at State Route 73, traveling eastbound before turning onto Smith Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The suspect’s vehicle stopped at approximately 9:53 a.m. on Smith Road near Van Trees Road in Clinton County. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the suspect exited the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with officers.

It was not immediately clear if the suspect was injured. The State Highway Patrol said no officers or bystanders were injured. The incident remains a “standoff situation” at this time.

Fox News Digital contacted FBI Cincinnati for more information. A spokeswoman for the FBI said by phone that they had no immediate comment.

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In an email to Fox News Digital, the Ohio State Highway Patrol later confirmed that it is “currently investigating an active incident near Interstate 71 and State Route 73 in Clinton County.”

“#FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement partners are on scene near Wilmington, OH to attempt to resolve this critical incident,” FBI Cincinnati tweeted.

Another law enforcement source told Fox News that the FBI office is now safe and secure following the incident.

WLWT had also confirmed a potential threat at the FBI Cincinnati Field Office.

According to the outlet, the FBI said the suspect was armed, but would not say what type of weapon.

The Clinton County Emergency Management Agency issued an alert announcing that all buildings are in effect within a 1-mile radius of the intersection at Smith Road and Center Road.

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The notice urged people to lock their doors and stay inside. The warrant is in connection with the suspect at the FBI office, according to WLWT.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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