Gunman tried to break into FBI building in Cincinnati, authorities say

Aug 11 (Reuters) – Police were locked in a standoff on Thursday with a gunman who tried to break into the FBI building in Cincinnati, Ohio, earlier in the day before fleeing and exchanging blows fire with officers, authorities said.

The incident began around 09:15 (13:15 GMT) when the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to enter the FBI’s Visitor Control Center. He then fled the area in a white vehicle, heading north on Interstate 71, the FBI said.

About 20 minutes later, a state trooper spotted the vehicle in nearby Warren County and attempted a traffic stop. A chase ensued when the suspect fired his weapon at the state trooper, Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesman Nathan Dennis said during a press briefing.

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The vehicle eventually came to a stop and gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and officers, he said. No police officers were injured, Dennis said.

“The scene is still active and there’s still an active standoff situation right now,” Dennis said.

Several freeways in the Cincinnati area were closed as a result.

“Law enforcement exchanged fire with a suspect wearing a gray shirt and body armor,” the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency said earlier, urging area residents to stay inside and lock their doors.

NBC News reported that the suspect was armed with an AR-15 type semi-automatic rifle and fired a nail gun into the FBI building.

Details and pattern were unclear.

The FBI has come under online threats since its agents this week searched former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida as part of an investigation into documents removed from the White House as he left his duties in January 2021.

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Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington and Brendan O’Brien; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Grant McCool

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