US: Police shoot dead armed man who tried to breach Ohio FBI building

Man shot dead after allegedly trying to breach FBI office appears to have written furious Truth Social posts calling for violence after Mar-a-Lago raid

  Man shot dead after allegedly trying to breach FBI office appears to have written furious Truth Social posts calling for violence after Mar-a-Lago raid The suspect, identified by numerous outlets as Ricky Shiffer, appeared to describe trying to break in to a local FBI office while he was doing it.My visits there as a White House reporter for Politico more than five years ago came during the earliest days of Trump's presidency. They gave me an up-close look into all of the controversy and celebrity hoopla that surrounded a man who just months earlier had become the most powerful person on the planet.

By Daniel Trotta and Kanishka Singh

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(Reuters) -An armed man who tried to breach the FBI building in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday was shot dead by police following a car chase, a gun battle and a standoff in a cornfield northeast of town, officials said.

Police had yet to identify the dead man and during a pair of news briefings declined to comment on his motive. The New York Times and NBC News, citing unnamed sources, identified him as Ricky Shiffer, 42, who may have had extreme right-wing views.

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A man by that name forwarned of the attack on Truth Social, the medium created by former President Donald Trump.

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  Ohio gunman appeared to threaten FBI after search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home A gunman who tried to get inside the FBI's Cincinnati office threatened the agency after its search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.Federal investigators are examining social media accounts that they believe are tied to the gunman, 42-year-old Ricky Shiffer, and posts that urged violence after the FBI entered Mar-a-Lago in Florida, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

"If you don't hear from me, it is true I tried attacking the F.B.I., and it'll mean either I was taken off the internet, the F.B.I. got me, or they sent the regular cops ... " the message said.

His posts, including others expressing extreme views, were taken down shortly after police told reporters the Cincinnati suspect had been killed.

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NBC News, citing two unnamed officials familiar with the matter, said the suspect was at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington during the assault by Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021.


Video: Outside FBI building after armed man tried to breach building (Daily Mail)

The New York Times, citing two law enforcement officials familiar with the matter, reported investigators were looking into whether he had ties to extremist groups.

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Some Trump supporters claim a grievance with the FBI over his entanglements with the agency which have included its probe into Russia's support for his 2016 presidential campaign and the court-authorized search of his Florida home on Monday.

The FBI has been the subject of online threats since its agents searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into documents removed from the White House when Trump left office in January 2021.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray, who has described homegrown violent extremism as the most significant security threat to the United States, issued a statement following Thursday's events decrying "unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI."

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"Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans," Wray said.

Extremism experts warn of echoes of Jan. 6 in rightist response to FBI Mar-a-Lago raid

  Extremism experts warn of echoes of Jan. 6 in rightist response to FBI Mar-a-Lago raid Extremism experts warn of echoes of Jan. 6 in rightist response to FBI Mar-a-Lago raidScreenshots taken from Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, show that an account using Shiffer’s name, which appears to have been removed, posted a “call to arms” on Tuesday morning, hours after Trump confirmed the raid had taken place at his Florida residence a day earlier.

The Ohio incident began early on Thursday when the suspect unsuccessfully tried to enter the FBI's visitor screening facility. He then fled the area in a white vehicle, heading northbound on Interstate 71, the FBI said.

A chase ensued and the suspect fired his weapon at a state trooper, Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesperson Nathan Dennis told a news briefing.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop in Clinton County and gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and police, he said, before a lengthy standoff that ended with the suspect being shot six hours after the initial assault in Cincinnati.

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"Throughout the day today law-enforcement officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect. After a time the negotiations failed," Dennis said.

"The suspect then did raise a firearm toward law enforcement and shots were fired by law enforcement officers on the scene," Dennis said. He said the suspect died at the site and no police were wounded.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington, Brendan O'Brien in Chicago, and Daniel Trotta in Carlsbad, Calif.; Editing by Howard Goller and Stephen Coates)

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