Ricky Shiffer: A gunman attempted to enter the FBI office in Cincinnati and was shot and killed after a confrontation with police. Here’s what we know

The suspect was believed to be armed with an AR-15 rifle and a nail gun, a federal law enforcement source told CNN, and was wearing a bulletproof vest, officials said. Ohio county.

It was Ricky W. Shiffer, 42, of Columbus, the state highway patrol said Friday.

After attempting to enter FBI premises, he fled and his vehicle was followed by state police, authorities said. When the vehicle chase ended in southwestern Ohio, a long standoff ensued, ending in law enforcement shooting and killing the suspect, authorities said.

The FBI is investigating the circumstances that led to the suspect’s murder, the office said.

Although authorities have not announced a motive, the FBI is investigating the man’s social media presence and ties to right-wing extremism, a federal law enforcement source told Reuters. CNN.

A social media account with Shiffer’s name appears to have referenced an attempted raid on an FBI office that day. He also recently issued a “call to arms” – and called for violence against the agency – after the FBI executed a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home on Monday.

Authorities have not confirmed that the account belongs to the suspect, although a law enforcement source told CNN that an image on the account matched a government mugshot of him.

Here’s what we know about the attempted crime and the suspect:

What happened when the suspect tried to enter the office

At around 9:15 a.m. ET Thursday, a gunman attempted to enter the FBI’s field office visitor screening facility, the agency said.

“After an alarm was activated and a response from armed FBI special agents, subject fled north on Interstate 71,” FBI Cincinnati said in a statement.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers responded and found the suspect at an interstate rest area in a Ford Crown Victoria around 9:37 a.m., the patrol said.

Troopers attempted to intercept the suspect, but he fled and a vehicle chase ensued, Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Nathan Dennis said. Shots were fired from the suspect’s car during the chase, he said.

The suspect pulled off the freeway at State Route 73 in Clinton County, Ohio — about a 45-mile drive northeast of downtown Cincinnati — and stopped on a nearby road toward 9:53 a.m., Highway Patrol said.

How the standoff unfolded

After pulling over, the man got out and “engaged officers,” the highway patrol said. Gunfire was exchanged between law enforcement and the suspect, who used his vehicle for cover, they said.

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The suspect was wearing a bulletproof vest, according to the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency. A lockdown was in effect within a 1-mile radius of the cul-de-sac location, the agency said.

The standoff lasted for several hours as law enforcement tried to negotiate with the suspect, Highway Patrol said.

“Once negotiations failed, officers attempted to take the suspect into custody using less lethal tactics,” the agency said. “At approximately 3:42 p.m. the suspect raised a gun and shots were fired by law enforcement.”

The suspect was shot and died of his injuries at the scene, the agency said.

It is unclear what less lethal tactics authorities used when trying to arrest him.

What we know about the suspect

The FBI is investigating Shiffer’s social media presence and ties to right-wing extremism, a federal law enforcement source told CNN.

Authorities are also investigating whether he participated in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol or was associated with groups that took part in the attack, a separate source told CNN. enforcement of federal laws.
On the social media platform founded by Trump – Truth Social – an account bearing Shiffer’s name posted a message Thursday morning that appeared to refer to an attempted storming of an FBI office.

The post was posted minutes after the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the incident at the Cincinnati office began, shortly after 9:15 a.m.

“Well, I thought I had a way through the bulletproof glass, and I don’t,” the user said at 9:29 a.m. Thursday. “If you haven’t heard from me, it’s true that I tried to attack the FBI, and that either means I got taken off the internet or the FBI got me, or they sent in the regular cops during that time.”

It’s not clear if the user was attempting to write more, as the message stops after “while”.

Account bearing name of suspect in Ohio standoff with FBI posted on Trump's social media platform encouraging violence against agency

The FBI declined to comment on the account and its posts, citing an ongoing investigation.

On the account, which has only been active for the past few weeks, the user communicated to others with increasingly politically violent and revolutionary thoughts.
But it wasn’t until the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago on Monday that the user’s focus shifted to a violent response to the agency.

“People, this is it,” the user wrote on Monday. “I’m hoping a call to arms will come from someone more qualified, but if not, it’s your call to arms from me.”

In that post, the user encouraged people to visit gun and pawn shops to “get everything you need to be battle ready.”

When another person replied to the user saying they would send their photo and information to the FBI, the user responded by saying, “Bring them.”

It is not known whether the information was passed on to the FBI.

On Tuesday, the user wrote that the people were heading to Palm Beach, Florida — where Mar-a-Lago is — and said if the FBI disperses the group, “kill them.”

The account user also claimed he was in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, but did not specify if he entered the Capitol. The poster frequently referenced a belief that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

How the FBI responded

FBI headquarters is investigating the “agent-involved shooting,” the agency said. The agency deployed a shooting incident review team to the scene, which is standard practice when an FBI special agent or task force officer discharges a weapon, a law enforcement source told CNN.

The review team will gather evidence, interview witnesses and ultimately determine whether the use of lethal force was justified, the source said.

“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or members of the task force seriously,” a statement from the office read. “The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray released a statement Thursday evening condemning the attacks on law enforcement and the FBI.

“The baseless attacks on the integrity of the FBI undermine respect for the rule of law and do grave harm to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others. The violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be of deep concern to all Americans,” Wray said.

CNN’s Evan Perez, Jason Hanna, Michelle Watson, Caroll Alvarado, Chuck Johnston and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.