FBI breach standoff: What we know about suspect Ricky Shiffer's Jan. 6 ties, social posts




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  • 2022-08-12 14:01:57Z
  • By Cincinnati.com | The Enquirer

An armed man wearing body armor tried to break into the FBI Cincinnati field office Thursday morning, leading to a police pursuit and a lengthy standoff with law enforcement near Wilmington, Ohio. The man was eventually shot and killed by officers.

State troopers identified the man Friday morning as Ricky W. Shiffer, 42, of Columbus.

Here's what we know so far about the incident:

Cincinnati FBI standoff suspect

Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press Shiffer was believed to have been present at the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 last year. Shiffer was not charged in relation to the insurrection, according to a USA TODAY effort to track those prosecutions, and does not appear in a Justice Department index of the prosecutions.

Although a possible motive for the breach has not been released, the incident came a day after FBI director Christopher Wray warned of online threats against agents and the Justice Department after the agency searched former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

"Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others," Wray said in a statement released Thursday after the fatal standoff. "Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans."

A USA TODAY review of online postings by an account in the name "Ricky Shiffer" shows the account had recently posted angry reactions to news of the FBI search.

The same account posted during or just after the incursion at the FBI, appearing to describe the man's efforts.

More:Suspect in FBI breach may have posted on Trump's Truth Social during incident

"Well, I thought I had a way through bulletproof glass, and I didn't. If you don't hear from me, it is true I tried attacking the F.B.I., and it'll mean either I was taken off the internet, the F.B.I. got me, or they sent the regular cops while"

The post, time-stamped 9:29 a.m. Eastern time, apparently ended mid-sentence.

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office is expected to perform an autopsy Friday, according to Enquirer media partner Fox19. The coroner's office there provides contractual autopsy services for Clinton County.

The area near Center and Smith roads was closed for hours during a standoff Thursday, Aug.
The area near Center and Smith roads was closed for hours during a standoff Thursday, Aug.  

FBI breach in Cincinnati leads to standoff, shooting

Around 9 a.m. Thursday, a man wearing body armor attempted to breach visitor-screening facility at the FBI building in Sycamore Township. After an alarm and response by special agents, the man fled north on Interstate 71.

Law enforcement sources told NBC News that a man armed with an AR-15-style rifle entered the FBI building and fired a nail gun toward personnel before he fled.

A state trooper spotted Shiffer's vehicle, a white Ford Crown Victoria, near a rest area on northbound I-71 in Warren County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The trooper attempted a traffic stop shortly before 9:40 a.m., but Shiffer continued to flee north. A suspected gunshot was fired from inside Shiffer's car, the patrol said. Shiffer then exited onto Ohio 73 and traveled east.

After that, he headed north and came to a stop around 9:53 a.m. on Smith Road near Van Trees Road, the patrol said. Shiffer exited his vehicle and exchanged gunfire with officers on two occasions. The standoff began after Shiffer took cover behind his car, officials said.

Shiffer was pursued by federal agents, state troopers and local law enforcement, according to a statement from the FBI.

Clinton County Emergency Management issued a lockdown for all buildings within a 1-mile radius of Smith and Center roads. People in the area were told to lock their doors and remain inside as the standoff unfolded.

During the long standoff, law enforcement officials attempted to negotiate with him and take him into custody. Non-lethal tactics were used, but those proved unsuccessful as well, the patrol said.

Troopers said Shiffer raised a firearm toward police, and shots were fired back by officers at the scene. He was pronounced deceased at the scene around 3:40 p.m.

The FBI says its inspection division is actively investigating the shooting. Officials did not report any injuries to law enforcement or bystanders.

The FBI headquarters in Sycamore Township, Thursday, August 11, 2022.
The FBI headquarters in Sycamore Township, Thursday, August 11, 2022.  

Where is the FBI office in Cincinnati?

The FBI's Cincinnati field office is located at 2012 Ronald Reagan Drive in Sycamore Township. It covers 48 counties throughout central and southern Ohio, including Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties, according to the bureau's website.

The office oversees five satellite offices in Athens, Cambridge, Columbus, Dayton and Portsmouth.

First opened in 1913, the bureau's headquarters in Cincinnati does counter-terrorism work and investigates white-collar crime, drug trafficking and child pornography, the website states.

Enquirer reporter Brook Endale and Enquirer media partner Fox19 contributed to this story.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: FBI shooting suspect killed: Ricky Shiffer Jan. 6, Truth Social links

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