As previously reported by TGP’s Cassandra Fairbanks, Ohio State Highway Patrol exchanged gunfire with an armed man attempting to break into the FBI building in Cincinnati on Thursday morning.
The man, now identified as Navy veteran Ricky Schiffer, 42, was allegedly carrying an AR-15 and shooting into the building with a nail gun.
“At approximately 9:15 EST, the FBI Cincinnati Field Office had an armed subject attempt to breach the Visitor Screening Facility (VSF),” FBI Cincinnati said in a statement. “Upon the activation of an alarm and a response by armed FBI special agents, the subject fled northbound onto Interstate 71.”
At about 12:30 p.m. local time, the agency said Schiffer was “contained” but not in custody, according to a report from NBC News.
Schiffer took off on I-71 towards Columbus and the pursuit eventually ended near W. State Route 73, according to a report from Fox 8.
The standoff ended in a cornfield.
Ricky Schiffer was killed in the standoff.
On Friday it was reported that Schiffer was on the radar of federal authorities for months because he may had been at the US Capitol on January 6.
The feds were investigating Schiffer not because he committed any crimes, but because he attended a pro-Trump rally at Black Lives Matter Plaza in DC on January 5.
The New York Times reported:
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man whom the police say they killed hours after he tried to breach the F.B.I.’s Cincinnati office had been on the radar of the federal authorities for months, two law enforcement officials said on Friday.
The officials said federal investigators had been looking into whether the man, Ricky Shiffer, 42, of Columbus, had been involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Law enforcement officials separately said they were investigating whether Mr. Shiffer appeared in a video posted on Facebook on Jan. 5, 2021, showing him attending a pro-Trump rally at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington the night before the Capitol was stormed.
Breaking News: A man who was killed after trying to breach an FBI office in Ohio had been on the radar of federal authorities for months, officials said. https://t.co/p2Aw8jNzAm
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 12, 2022