Fox News reported that an armed man died in a shootout with police on Thursday after attempting to breach the FBI’s field office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The suspect led state police on a high-speed chase which ended in a fatal shootout
The incident is said to have begun at approximately 9 a.m., with the suspect appearing to brandish a nail gun along with an AR-15-style rifle.
The individual then fled in a Ford Crown Victoria and was spotted by state police at a highway rest stop half an hour later.
He proceeded to lead them on a high-speed chase during which fired shots at law enforcement. The chase ended when the individual exited his vehicle and opened fire on police, after which he was fatally shot.
Clinton County Emergency Management put up an announcement on its Facebook page cautioning residents to stay inside as the drama unfolded.
“Clinton Co EMA: Reminder a LOCKDOWN is in effect for a one-mile radius from the intersection of Smith Road and Center Road,” it stated
“Residents and businesses in this area should lock their doors and remain vigilant. Law enforcement has traded shots with a male suspect who is wearing a gray shirt and body armor,” the announcement continued.
“Also, Interstate 71 is closed in both directions between the US 68 exit to the north and the SR 73 exit to the south,” it warned.
“Additionally, State Route 73 is closed between Mitchell Roads and State Route 380. More information as it becomes available.”
The gunman was believed to have made social media posts as the incident unfolded
Fox News later reported that the man had been identified as Ricky Shiffer, someone who ” is suspected of posting extremist views on several social media platforms including Truth Social.”
A Truth Social account believed to belong to Shiffer posted a statement 30 minutes into the incident which read, “Well I thought I had a way through bullet proof glass, and I didn’t.”
“If you don’t hear from me, it is true I tried attacking the F.B.I., and it’ll mean either I was taken off the internet, the F.B.I. got me, or they sent the regular cops while.”