A man armed with an AR-15-style rifle tried to breach a Cincinnati FBI building on Wednesday, leading to a shots fired and a standoff with law enforcement.
The man, who has not been identified, fired a nail gun at FBI agents who were responding to an alarm at the building. He then brandished the rifle before fleeing in a vehicle north onto Interstate 71.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers pursued the man into Clinton County, where he was eventually apprehended after a short standoff. No injuries were reported.
The incident is currently under investigation by the FBI and Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was shot and injured during the incident. It’s unclear if he was hit by gunfire from police or if he sustained any other injuries.
No officers were injured during the exchange of gunfire.
The suspect is in custody and being treated at a local hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.
This is a developing story and more information will be released as it becomes available.
Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Pavan Parikh on the attempted breach:
“As many are aware, there was an incident this morning where an armed individual attempted to breach the Cincinnati branch of the FBI. This situation is still developing.
“I condemn violence in any form. It is important to support peaceful disagreement and for the public to go through proper channels to express that disagreement with government institutions. The Bailiff’s Division of the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts shares responsibility for courtroom security at the Hamilton County Courthouse. Along with our partners at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office, our Criminal Bailiffs keep our judges, clerks, courtroom staff, and the public safe.
“For that reason, we take any incidence of violence or threats of violence directed against our justice system and the rule of law very seriously. We hold out hope for a peaceful resolution to this situation.”
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