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.
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
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.
Audio from the end of the pursuit of a suspect who reportedly attempted to force entry into the FBI building in Cincinnati, Ohio. Situation is still in a standoff mode in Clinton County, Ohio. pic.twitter.com/sYX1t1I4us
— scannerboy02 (@scannerboy02) August 11, 2022
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.
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
NEW: Armed man with AR-15 style rifle fires nail gun into FBI Cincinnati building, leading to police pursuit and shots fired on an interstate, authorities say. pic.twitter.com/mPV7Jjmow9
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 11, 2022
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.
An armed individual arrived today at the FBI building in Cincinnati, OH and began making threats.
A police chase is still ongoing to apprehend the suspect.
Now where would someone get the idea to attack the FBI? 🤔
— Dan 🇺🇸 (@HStarshot) August 11, 2022
An armed man tried to break into a Cincinnati FBI building
MAGAts are sending death threats to the judge who signed the FBI search warrant of Mar-a-Lago
They’re calling for civil war & the murder of fellow Americans
The GOP is the party of domestic terrorists. Full stop
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) August 11, 2022
After relentlessly vilifying the FBI, now Fox is covering this attack in Cincinnati like they’re somehow shocked by it pic.twitter.com/f4ul6Arcoe
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) August 11, 2022
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