Cincinnati Suspect Murdered in Confrontation Following Claimed Attempt to Breach FBI Office !
A suspect was killed Thursday afternoon in a gunfire exchange with officers following an hours-long standoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, authorities said. Officials said the standoff began after the suspect attempted to breach the Cincinnati FBI field office building at around 9 a.m. and then led officers on a pursuit.
The suspect, identified by two law enforcement sources as Ricky Shiffer, ended the standoff by firing at officers, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Nathan Dennis said in a news briefing Thursday evening. Officers returned fire and the suspect died on the scene. No officers were injured in the confrontation.
The situation unfolded at around 9 a.m. when Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and local law enforcement agents responded to the alleged breach attempt at the FBI field office.
A suspect was said to have tried to break in through the visitor screening center, which set off alarms. The FBI said that the person ran away after special agents responded right away. This caused police to shut down about a one-mile stretch of a nearby highway and warn residents and businesses in the area to lock down.
A statement from the state highway patrol said that just after 9:30 a.m., officers on Interstate 71 in Warren County found a Ford Crown Victoria that fit the description of the armed suspect’s car. The driver ran away from the police, and a shot came from the car.
The police followed the car, and at 9:53 a.m., the suspect stopped on Smith Road in Clinton County, got out, and started shooting. He used his car as a shield, and that’s when the police standoff started.
Officers tried to take him into custody after their attempts to talk with him failed. At 3:42 p.m., the suspect fired several shots, and the police did the same, Dennis said. The suspect died right where he was. In a statement, the FBI said that one of its agents was involved in the gunfight and that it was “looking into this agent-involved shooting.”
Authorities did not give any indication of a possible motive for the breach but said the incident is still under investigation. More information is expected to be released Thursday night.
“Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement Thursday. “Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans.”
The incident happened a day after Wray warned about violent threats being made online after the FBI searched the Florida home of former President Donald Trump, Mar-a-Lago, this week.
Sen. Sherrod Brown also said in a statement, “This was an awful attack on law enforcement. My office and I are keeping an eye on the situation as it changes.” “This attack makes me think of everyone whose life was in danger.”