Ohio man killed following standoff with police after attempted attack on FBI building in Cincinnati

The FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida on Monday, viewed by many as a disturbing and politically motivated abuse of power, may have inspired at least one man to launch a violent retaliatory attack against that federal law enforcement agency.

A man armed with a rifle and wearing body armor allegedly attempted unsuccessfully to breach the FBI building in Cincinnati, Ohio before leading local and state police on a high-speed chase that turned into an hours-long standoff and a shootout that left the suspect dead, Fox News reported.

Attack, pursuit, standoff, shootout

The incident began around 9 am when the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Ricky Walter Shiffer, attempted to enter the secure Visitor Screening Facility at the FBI Cincinnati building but fled the scene when that effort was thwarted and he was confronted by FBI agents.

He then reportedly led police on a high-speed pursuit along an interstate, state highways, and rural roads before eventually coming to a stop and exiting the vehicle to use it as cover during an exchange of gunfire with pursuing officers.

A roughly six-hour “standoff situation” ensued before the suspect was finally shot and killed by the police.

FBI responds to attack

Local NBC affiliate WLWT reported that local and state police officers had attempted to negotiate a peaceful end to the standoff and take the suspect into custody, but those efforts were unsuccessful.

It is believed that the suspect, Shiffer, was a mechanic from Columbus, and social media account postings believed to be linked to him, including posts made during the standoff, reportedly seemed to confirm the execution of his plan to wage violence against the FBI.

The outlet reported that the shooting incident is under investigation and further noted that FBI Director Christopher Wray released a statement condemning the attempted attack on his bureau.

“Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others. Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans,” Wray said. “Every day I see the men and women of the FBI doing their jobs professionally and with rigor, objectivity, and a fierce commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. I am proud to serve alongside them.”

Alleged connection to Jan. 6 Capitol riot

The Associated Press reported that Shiffer is believed by law enforcement to have previously been in and around Washington D.C. in the days before and of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in 2021, though it was unclear if he had actually been at the Capitol building during that riot and he was never charged with any crime in relation to that incident.

The outlet further reported that investigators are looking to see if the man had any ties to “far-right extremist groups.”

Though still unconfirmed, it seems highly likely that the man felt compelled to lash out with an attack against the FBI in response to the highly inflammatory and overtly political FBI raid on the home of the embattled former president just days earlier.

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