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Update: Standoff Continues After Gunfight With Man Who Tried To Breach Cincinnati FBI Office

Clinton County, OH – An armed standoff continues between law enforcement officers and a suspect who fired a nail gun and brandished an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Cincinnati office on Thursday morning.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) said that the incident began at about 9 a.m. when a man armed with a nail gun and an AR-15 attempted to breach the visitor screening facility at the FBI’s office building, WLWT reported.

Officials said the armed suspect tripped an alarm and FBI special agents responded to the screening area.

OSHP said the suspect fired the nail gun at law enforcement personnel and then held up and AR-15 style rifle before fleeing the building, WLWT reported.

Authorities said the suspect jumped into a vehicle and fled north on Interstate 71.

Troopers pursued the suspect as he stopped near Smith Road in Clinton County.

A gunfight erupted between law enforcement officers and the suspect when he first stopped, according to OSHP, WLWT reported.

Audio from police radio showed the troopers started taking fire as soon as they stopped.

It was unclear whether the gunman was hit, WLWT reported.

No law enforcement officers were wounded in the exchange of gunfire, according to officials.

A standoff ensued when the shooting stopped and has continued into the afternoon, with I-71 shut down in both directions.

Law enforcement officers from numerous state, federal, and local agencies are on the scene and have set up a perimeter, WLWT.

Clinton County announced a lockdown for all buildings within a one-mile radius of Smith Road and Center Road.

OSHP said during a media briefing that the suspect had been “contained” in a one-mile zone and that he wasn’t considered a threat to the general public, WLWT reported.

Clinton County Emergency Management Agency officials described the suspect as wearing a gray shirt and body armor.

Officials have not released any details about what the gunman’s motive may have been for the attack at the FBI offices, nor have they said if they know the suspect’s identity at this point.

The standoff was ongoing as of 3 p.m. local time, WLWT reported.

Critics have pointed to GOP rhetoric antagonistic toward the FBI in the wake of the raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence as the likely cause of the attack.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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