Armed gunman threatens FBI building in Ohio: report

Armed gunman threatens FBI building in Ohio: report

A man with a firearm made threats against an FBI building near Cincinnati Thursday, sparking a chase and shootout with law enforcement.

The incident began after the gunman “attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility” at around 9 a.m., the FBI’s Cincinnati office confirmed, adding that the suspect fled north “after an alarm and a response by FBI special agents.” 

Law enforcement shut down Interstate 71 and State Route 73 in both directions and issued a lockdown order for residents in Clinton County northeast of the city, the county’s Emergency Management Agency said in a Facebook post

FBI building in Cincinnati.
A person, who appeared armed, showed up at the Cincinnati office and made potential threats before driving off.
Police pursuit.
Law enforcement shut down I-71 and State Route 73 in both directions and issued a lockdown for residents in Clinton County.

The EMA added that the suspect was male and wearing a gray shirt and body armor. 

Law enforcement later exchanged fire with the suspect during a standoff in a cornfield, according to Ohio’s News Journal. 

Clinton County EMA later confirmed shots were fired between law enforcement and the suspect, but did not specify where. 

The FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and local law enforcement are on scene near the city of Wilmington responding to the incident, FBI Cincinnati said just before noon. The Red Cross was also on scene providing support to first responders. 

There does not appear to be an active threat at the Cincinnati FBI building. The bureau did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

The incident comes three days after the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s estate at Mar-a-Lago in Florida based on a warrant that dealt with presidential records and evidence of classified information being improperly stored at the resort.

Soon after the search, many Trump supporters as well as far-right extremists took to social media to defend the former president – while posting violent rhetoric targeting federal agents. 

FBI director Christopher Wray condemned the possible threats on Wednesday, calling them “deplorable and dangerous.” 

“I’m always concerned about threats to law enforcement,” Wray said following a visit to the FBI’s field office in Omaha, Neb. “Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with.”

It was not immediately clear if Thursday’s incident had any connection to the Florida raid.

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