An armed man who tried to break into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s office in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Thursday, then fled with FBI and Ohio State Patrol officers in pursuit, was shot and killed by police after a standoff, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Thursday night, VOA reported.
The man was identified as Ricky Shiffer, 42.
Shiffer may have been at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, but was not charged with any crimes in connection with the assault on the building, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the matter. The official could not discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.
Federal authorities were looking into whether Shiffer had ties to the Proud Boys or other far-right extremist groups, the official said.
The day’s events began when “an armed subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility” at the FBI’s Cincinnati office. The attempted break-in set off an alarm, and armed FBI special agents responded, the office said in a statement on Twitter.
The nearby Clinton County Emergency Management Agency, in its own statement posted to social media, said shots had been fired between agents and the subject, who fled the scene.
The FBI said its officers were joined by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement in pursuit of the suspect near Wilmington, Ohio.
Negotiations with Shiffer failed, and he was shot and killed by police after raising a gun toward an officer about 3 p.m., Lieutenant Nathan Dennis, a state patrol spokesperson, said at a press conference.
The FBI has seen an increase in online threats since Monday, when its agents searched former President Donald Trump's Florida estate as part of an investigation into documents removed from the White House when Trump left office in January 2021.