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United States: Armed man killed in standoff after trying to breach FBI office

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An armed man clad in body armor who tried to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati office was shot
  • Ricky Shiffer was killed by police after he fled the scene and engaged in an hourslong standoff
  • The confrontation came as officials warned of an increase in threats against federal agents

United States news: An armed man clad in body armor who tried to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati office on Thursday (August 11) was shot and killed by police after he fled the scene and engaged in an hourslong standoff in a rural part of the state, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The confrontation came as officials warned of an increase in threats against federal agents in the days following a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The man is believed to have been in Washington in the days leading up to the January 6, 2021, insurrection and may have been present at the Capitol on the day of the attack, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the matter. The official could not discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The suspect was identified as Ricky Shiffer, 42, according to the law enforcement official. He was not charged with any crimes in connection with the Jan. 6 attack, the official said. Federal investigators are examining whether Shiffer may have had ties to far-right extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, the official said.

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