Correction: A previous edition of this post listed the wrong location of the FBI facility. The facility is located in Kenwood. This error has been corrected.
CLINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — A man is dead after he allegedly tried to break into an FBI building in Kenwood, sparking a standoff in Clinton County.
According to NBC News, the suspect was Ricky Walter Shiffer. He was in the Capitol on January 6th.
The Cincinnati branch of the FBI said around 9:15 a.m. an armed suspect, later identified as Shiffer, attempted to breach the visitor control facility. An alarm was activated and armed FBI agents responded. The suspect then fled the scene and headed north on I-71.
The FBI notified the Ohio State Highway Patrol about the suspect and gave them a description of his vehicle.
Shiffer was later spotted by the patrol and the soldiers attempted to stop traffic. The suspect refused to stop and instead led the officers in a chase down State Route 73 and Smith Road. According to OSHP, the suspect fired shots at the pursuing soldiers.
The suspect came to a stop on Smith Road off State Route 73. Shots were fired between the suspect and officers, which then created a standoff.
“These negotiations continued,” said OSHP Lt. Nathan Dennis. “Eventually, over time, they failed and were unsuccessful. So officers at the time attempted to break in using less lethal tactics to take the suspect into custody. The suspect then raised the firearm for execution and at that moment shots were fired at the suspect.”
OSHP said officers returned fire around 3:42 p.m. and Shiffer died at the scene. No officers were injured in the incident.
Officials from the FBI, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies were at the scene.
I-71 has been shut down in both directions from State Route 73 to State Route 68, our NBC affiliates at WLWT report. State Route 73 is also closed between Mitchell Road and State Route 480.
All buildings within a mile of Smith and Center streets were on lockdown and residents were asked to remain indoors.
The FBI released the following statement Thursday night, saying it was investigating the incident:
The FBI is now investigating this shooting involving agents. The FBI takes seriously any shooting involving our agents or task force members. In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident is being investigated by the FBI Inspection Division. The verification process is thorough and objective and will be carried out as quickly as possible under the circumstances.
FBI Cincinnati Division
2 NEWS spoke to the manager of the Shell and BP gas stations on State Route 73. He said some of his employees were there when the chase took place in front of his stores.
“This is a very peaceful city, so it’s very, very unusual to see something like this,” Mit Patel said.
Patel said traffic was halted in front of his store for about two hours. He said his staff were devastated by the incident and now making sure they are safe is his priority.
“I’m going to spend a few more hours, a few extra days with them to make sure they’re comfortable at work again,” Patel said.
Stay tuned to 2 NEWS as we continue to update this groundbreaking story
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