A yet to be identified armed individual has attempted to breach the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s building in Cincinnati (Cincinnati FBI), Ohio, on Thursday morning before fleeing the scene,l according to FBI.
According to the FBI’s Cincinnati division, the armed suspect attempted to break into the Visitor Screening Facility at about 9 a.m. Thursday.
The FBI Cincinnati statement read, “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.”
Following the incident, Interstate I71 North is shut down after suspect drove toward Waynesville Ohio. Unconfirmed reports say he is now firing at police from a corn field.
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Earlier that the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency advised residents to stay inside and lock their doors. “Law enforcement has traded shots with a male suspect who is wearing a gray shirt and body armor,” – Reuters reports.
According to NBC News, the suspect fired a nail gun into the building while armed with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. Authorities closed two highways and imposed a lockdown on the area.
However, the suspect has fled the scene and the building is currently safe.
This comes as top Republicans stoke violent threats against law enforcement.
At present, details and the motivation were behind the attack on the FBI Cincinnati building are yet unclear.
Since its agents searched former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate this week to investigate whether he illegally removed records from the White House as he was leaving office, the FBI has been the target of online threats.
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