Armed man who tried to breach Cincinnati FBI office dead after police standoff
An armed man who tried to break into the FBI building in Cincinnati on Thursday leading to a lockdown in the nearby area has been shot and killed by police.
Driving the news: The man, whom officials have yet to publicly identify, was wearing body armor. He was shot after he raised a gun toward officers around 3:40pm, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.
- The FBI in Cincinnati confirmed he tried to breach the visitor screening facility at the building. They fled the scene after a response from special agents.
- The bureau said Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement were on the scene "trying to resolve this critical incident."
- An earlier statement from the Ohio Department of Public Safety said the suspect had unknown injuries. No officers or bystanders were injured.
Details: Ohio DPS said Ohio state troopers responded to an alert of an armed man who fled from the FBI office building in Cincinnati.
- Law enforcement said they found the suspect's vehicle near Interstate 71. The suspect fled in the vehicle and a pursuit began.
- "Once troopers got behind the vehicle, the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued. While behind the vehicle, a suspected gunshot was fired from inside the suspect’s vehicle," Ohio DPS said in a statement emailed to Axios.
- The suspect then left the vehicle and gunfire was exchanged with law enforcement, authorities said.
What they're saying: The FBI said was now reviewing the case.
- Brian O'Hare, president of the FBI Agents Association, condemned violence against federal agents in a statement Thursday.
- "The threats made recently contribute to an atmosphere where some have, or will, accept violence against law enforcement as appropriate. It is not," O'Hare said.
- "This is not a partisan or political issue," O'Hare added. "It is a matter of public safety and basic decency. Calls for violence against law enforcement are unacceptable, and should be condemned by all leaders."
The big: The Clinton County EMA confirmed buildings in Clinton County went into an immediate lockdown.
- Police closed I-71 and State Route 73 in both directions in Clinton County due to the police activity, WLWT reports.
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