An armed man tried to enter the FBI headquarters in Cincinnati on Thursday morning and managed to flee after being discovered by law enforcement, who have surrounded him but not yet arrested.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has indicated on Twitter that the event took place at 09:15 local time. That individual tried to enter the visitor control facilities and when the alarms were activated, he began his escape on Interstate 71.
“The FBI, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local authorities are on the ground near Wilmington, Ohio trying to resolve this serious incident,” the agency said in its brief statement. According to an official agent in a televised press conference, he was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a nail gun.
The suspect has fired several times at law enforcement while fleeing, but no injuries have been reported.
The man, according to the source, is surrounded. A security perimeter has been established and those within a one-mile radius have been asked not to leave their homes. Both his identity and his motivations are unknown, as well as whether he was injured in the exchange of fire with the police.
What happened takes place at a time when threats against the FBI have increased after this investigative body searched the mansion of former Republican President Donald Trump in Florida in search of classified documents that he could have taken when he left power.
The director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, said Wednesday that he was concerned about the threats that law enforcement officials receive after this search. Violence against officers “is not the answer, regardless of who you’re mad at,” Wray said without explaining that record, saying it’s police policy not to talk about ongoing cases.