Armed Guy Approaches FBI Headquarters and Shoots at Officers

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An armed man wearing body armor attempted to breach a security screening area at an FBI field office in Ohio on Thursday, but he quickly fled after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement, according to authorities.

The confrontation at the FBI’s Cincinnati field office comes as officials warn of an increase in threats against federal agents in the days following a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The man, according to federal officials, “attempted to breach” the FBI office’s visitor screening area and fled when confronted by agents. According to the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency, he was chased onto Interstate 71 and exchanged gunfire with police.

The interstate has been shut down in both directions while police continued to standoff. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Officials in Ohio have closed off a mile-radius near the interstate and urged people to stay inside and lock their doors.

According to many media reports, an FBI evidence team has arrived at the office to conduct an investigation.

Since federal agents executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, threats against FBI agents and offices across the nation have increased recently. On the social media platform Gab, which is favored by white nationalists and antisemites, users have warned that they are getting ready for an armed revolution.

Federal officials have also been monitoring a wide range of other alarming online chatter that threatens violence against federal agents on platforms like Gab. On Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray visited another FBI office in Nebraska and condemned the threats.

“Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with,” Wray said on Wednesday in Omaha.

The FBI also warned its agents on Wednesday to avoid protesters and keep their security key cards “not visible outside FBI space,” citing an increase in social media threats to bureau personnel and facilities. Agents were also admonished to pay attention to their surroundings and potential protesters.

The warning made reference to “recent media reporting on FBI investigative activity” but did not specifically mention this week’s search of Mar-a-Lago.

“Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with,” Wray said on Wednesday in Omaha.

The FBI also warned its agents on Wednesday to avoid protesters and keep their security key cards “not visible outside FBI space,” citing an increase in social media threats to bureau personnel and facilities. Agents were also warned to pay attention to their surroundings and potential protesters.

The warning made reference to “recent media reporting on FBI investigative activity” but did not specifically mention this week’s search of Mar-a-Lago.


Information from Associated Press was used in this report

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