Authorities say an armed suspect entered an FBI building in Cincinnati Thursday morning armed with an AR-15 style rifle and a nail gun. They report he fired a nail gun at personnel before driving away. He was injured and ultimately captured after a standoff.
Authorities say that at approximately 9 a.m., the armed suspect attempted to get through the Visitor Screening Facility at FBI Cincinnati. An alarm was set off at the security screening office and the suspect fled north on I-71. His vehicle, a Ford Crown Victoria, was located near a rest stop.
Shots were exchanged along the interstate between the alleged assailant and a state patrol officer. The Ohio State Patrol said the suspect fired shots from his vehicle and was pursued until he exited the interstate.
At approximately 9 AM this morning an armed subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at #FBI Cincinnati. After an alarm and a response by FBI special agents, the subject fled north onto Interstate 71. pic.twitter.com/vFZHnpbM9L
— FBI Cincinnati (@FBICincinnati) August 11, 2022
At around 9:53 a.m. the suspect’s vehicle stopped and he exited. Police say he again exchanged gunfire with pursuing officers.
Police said the suspect was wearing body armor. The highway was shut down between approximately five exits for several hours before reopening.
The ensuing standoff lasted for hours along rural roads and pastures surrounded by woodland. While law enforcement said the suspect was “contained,” he eluded capture while being trapped in a cornfield. Nearby residents were told to lock their doors and stay inside.
He was finally taken into custody late in the afternoon and suffered from unknown injuries. Highway Patrol officials say that no officers or bystanders were injured in the incident.
Many in the mainstream media spent the day drawing connections between the attack on the FBI building and the unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home on Monday.
Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Merrick Garland voiced his displeasure at the outpouring of frustration over the murky details of the Trump raid. He said he would not stand idly by and have the integrity of the FBI impugned.
There has been considerable outrage over what many see as the weaponizing and overreach of the Justice Department. However, there was no immediate link between the Cincinnati incident and anyone upset over the raid.