According to breaking new reporting from NBC News, officers with the Ohio State Patrol exchanged fire this morning with an individual who was reportedly attempting to break into the Cincinnati, Ohio, FBI building — just a few short days after news broke of the bombshell FBI search warrant raid on ex-President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago compound.
NBC 15 News tweeted around 10 AM this morning, “Attack on the FBI building in Cincinnati: Interstate I71 North is shut down after suspect drove toward Waynesville Ohio. Unconfirmed reports say his now firing at police from a corn field.”
Attack on the FBI building in Cincinnati:
Interstate I71 North is shut down after suspect drove toward Waynesville Ohio. Unconfirmed reports say his now firing at police from a corn field.https://t.co/BDibMb2If5 pic.twitter.com/gLmgpmlVuT
— NBC 15 News (@mynbc15) August 11, 2022
Local WLWT 5 spoke with FBI officials at the Cincinnati Field Office who confirmed that the incident began after an armed man showed up and began making serious threats at the office. News Journal reports that the suspect was described by law enforcement officials as a white male over police scanner traffic.
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. pic.twitter.com/vFZHnpbM9L
— FBI Cincinnati (@FBICincinnati) August 11, 2022
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At one point, police scanner traffic reportedly picked up an officer in a police helicopter stating over the radio, “Blood splatter on his shorts. Right thigh area. Part of windshield shot out… Suspect on knees, holding rifle.” Approximately 15 minutes later, the officer added, “Rifle down for the moment. He is on his knees.”
Potential threat at the FBI Cincinnati headquarters. FBI says the suspect was armed but the kind of weapon isn’t confirmed. Suspect took off north on I-75. A scene has developed in Clinton County. @WLWT pic.twitter.com/tWD6pA8CF5
— Michael Carnevale (@VideomikeWLWT) August 11, 2022
As of late this morning, a lockdown was enacted against all buildings within a 1-mile radius of the suspect’s original location.
This attack comes in the direct aftermath of outrageous displays and threats of violence following the FBI raid against Donald Trump’s country club and current home. Both the FBI and the DOJ have declined to offer up any details regarding the purpose or intent of the search warrant raid. However, multiple reports, as well as Donald Trump himself, have indicated that the search was in relation to National Archives documents taken from the White House by Trump at the end of his presidential term.
The ex-president took to his Truth Social platform to label the raid “a surprise attack, POLITICS, and all the while our Country is going to HELL!”
FBI director Christopher Wray, who was appointed to his position by none other than Trump himself, has publicly spoken out to denounce the violent threats being made against FBI officials in the aftermath of the Mar-a-Lago raid as “deplorable and dangerous.”
In a news conference at the FBI’s field office in Omaha, Nebraska, this week, Wray said, “I’m always concerned about threats to law enforcement. Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with.”
This story is developing and will be updated as more details become available.
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