Ohio police are in pursuit of an armed man who made a threat involving an FBI building in Cincinnati. According to WLWT5, the armed man showed up at the office and appeared to be armed while making potential threats. He then drove off, leading Ohio State Patrol on a chase into Clinton County, where there's still an ongoing police situation.
I-71 is closed between State Routes 73 and 68 in both directions until further notice. State Route 73 is also shut down in both directions between Mitchell Road and State Route 380.
A lockdown is also in effect for all buildings within a one-mile radius of Smith Road and Center Road, according to Clinton County EMA. Residents are asked to stay inside.
The armed suspect was described as a white male, according to the News Journal.
"Blood splatter on his shorts. Right thigh area,” an officer in a police helicopter said over the radio, the Washington Examiner reports. "Part of windshield shot out ... Suspect on knees, holding a rifle."
"Rifle down for the moment. He is on his knees," the officer added about 15 minutes later.
According to police chatter, the "Incident is ongoing. Clinton County EMA reports that earlier in incident, multiple shots fired by both suspect and officers. The suspect is wearing body armor, originally was wearing an orange shirt."
The suspect is reportedly armed with an AR-15-style rifle.
And it's over.
Via The Daily Beast:
A standoff in a cornfield with an armed man who tried to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati office earlier Thursday came to an end around 4:30 p.m. local time, a local emergency management office said.
The gunman, who has not been identified, fled over 40 miles northeast with the Ohio State Patrol giving chase after he failed to breach the federal building around 9 a.m. As he fled, authorities say gunfire was exchanged between officers and the suspect, who took cover in a cornfield for more than five hours.
While the motive hasn't been revealed yet, he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6. And he's dead.
Update: His Truth Social account has been taken down. He didn't finish his last thought:
Well, I thought I had a way through bullet proof 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
And there's this:
This incident comes as top Republicans have been stoking threats against law enforcement ever since former President Donald Trump's Florida resort Mar-a-Lago was searched by the FBI.
UPDATE: Ricky has quite the social media presence.