Cincinnati police shot and killed on Thursday morning an armed man multiple outlets identified as Ricky Walter Shiffer, after a chase and standoff following his alleged attempt to breach the FBI field office, the Ohio Highway State Patrol informed.
After closing the area near Center and Smith roads in Clinton County, Ohio, the police shot the officially unidentified man, who was wearing body armor, after he raised a gun toward law enforcement officials.
According to the FBI Cincinnati statement, the suspect armed with an AR-15-style rifle attempted to breach the FBI field office early Thursday morning but fled in a vehicle after he triggered a security alarm, initiating a police chase after the FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement responded.
According to the OSHP, the suspect stopped the vehicle at one moment and exited in Clinton County, after which law enforcement reportedly attempted negotiations but gunfire was exchanged when the suspect raised his firearm.
Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesman, Lt. Nathan Dennis, confirmed that he succumbed to fatal injuries on the scene of the standoff – a rural area off Interstate 71 -more than six hours after the attempted breach of the FBI building.
Dennis said it wasn’t clear whether the suspect fired his weapon nor was it clear who fired the fatal shot, pointing out that no officers were injured.
The motive behind the suspect’s actions is still under investigation, Dennis said, but two officials quoted by NBC News said that after former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was searched, he posted about his desire to kill FBI agents.
He appeared to post multiple times on Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, calling on people to prepare for “combat” in one comment.
Officials also said he was at the US Capitol on Jan. 6 and frequently posted on social media about going to the Capitol.