The man who fired a nail gun at an FBI field office in Cincinnati on Thursday before being killed by officers was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, officials said.
Two officials familiar with the case identified the suspect as Ricky Walter Shiffer.
Officers fatally shot the suspect after failing to negotiate with him, Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Nathan Dennis told reporters.
The man raised a gun and officers opened fire, Dennis said.
It was unclear if he fired, Dennis said, or who fired the fatal shot. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, which Dennis described as a rural area off Interstate 71.
No officers were injured and a motive is still being investigated, Dennis said.
The two officials said Shiffer appeared to have publicized in recent days his desire to kill FBI agents after former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was raided.
Earlier, two law enforcement sources said a man armed with an AR-15 type rifle entered the FBI building and fired a nail gun at staff before fleeing by car.
FBI Cincinnati said in a statement that an armed subject attempted to enter the building’s visitor screening facility at 9:15 a.m. The breach triggered an alarm and the person fled down the freeway, according to the press release.
Authorities closed the freeway in both directions due to the standoff, the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency said.
Dennis said just before 10 a.m. the suspect pulled off the freeway, got out of his car – a white Crown Victoria – and opened fire on officers.
Officers tried to negotiate with him “all day long,” Dennis said, adding, “After a while the negotiations fell through.”
In an effort to bring him into custody, officers fired “less lethal” ammunition, Dennis said. Shortly before 4 p.m., the suspect raised his weapon and officers shot him dead, Dennis said.
Shiffer was seen at the Capitol on Jan. 6, though it’s unclear whether he entered the building, said three people assisting law enforcement who saw him in photos. Shiffer frequently posted about going to the Capitol on social media.
In the days following the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s compound in Palm Beach, Florida, he appeared to post several times on Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social.
In a comment, he appeared to call on people to prepare for “fight”. In another, its apparent narrative said users should kill FBI agents “on sight.”
Shiffer’s relatives did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Brian Murphy, a former Department of Homeland Security and FBI official who is now an executive at open-source intelligence firm Logical, said Wednesday that his company has seen a sharp increase in threats against FBI personnel and facilities. on social media platforms since the FBI searched Trump’s home.
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday denounced Trump supporters who used violent rhetoric against law enforcement in the wake of the raid.
“Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and do grave harm to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” he said after Thursday’s attack. .
“Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be of deep concern to all Americans,” he said. “Every day, I see the men and women of the FBI doing their jobs with professionalism and thoroughness, objectivity, and a fierce commitment to our mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution.”
The Associated Press, Antonio Planas, Ben Collins and Jonathan Diest contributed.