Cincinnati, OH – A major interstate highway has been shut down in both directions as law enforcement officers from multiple agencies engage in a standoff with an armed man who tried to break into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Cincinnati office on Thursday morning.
The Cincinnati FBI bureau said the incident began at about 9 a.m. on Aug. 11 when an armed suspected tried to get into the Visitor Screening Facility, WJW reported.
That triggered an alarm and FBI special agents responded to the scene.
The suspect fled north on Interstate 71 toward Columbus, WJW reported.
Authorities pursued the suspect and the chase ended near West State Route 73.
The Clinton County Emergency Management Agency announced that an armed suspect was loose in the area of State Road 73, Smith Road, and State Road 380 as officers set up a perimeter.
Some witnesses reported having seen the suspect shooting at law enforcement officers from a field, but officials have not yet confirmed those reports, WKRC reported.
The standoff between the suspect and law enforcement is ongoing.
The situation in Clinton Co is tied an earlier threat at the FBI building in Cincinnati. FBI building is no longer a threat. Suspect armed with a gun was at the building. There was a pursuit that has now lead to the Clinton Co situation which is still unfolding.
— Kelly Rippin WLWT (@KellyRippin) August 11, 2022
At approximately 9 AM this morning an armed subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at #FBI Cincinnati. After an alarm and a response by FBI special agents, the subject fled north onto Interstate 71. pic.twitter.com/vFZHnpbM9L
— FBI Cincinnati (@FBICincinnati) August 11, 2022
— James Pilcher (@jamespilcher) August 11, 2022
— Courtney Wheaton (@Courtney_OnAir) August 11, 2022
BREAKING: Armed person attempted to breach FBI field office in Cincinnati.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) August 11, 2022
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