A gunman was fatally shot by law enforcement after he attempted to break into the FBI office in Cincinnati and fled Thursday, authorities said.
An hour-long standoff ensued, where the man was at one point “contained”, according to the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency.
At some point during the confrontation, the suspect, who has not been publicly identified, raised a weapon toward police, Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Nathan Dennis said. Law enforcement officers shot him shortly after 3:45 p.m., he said.
“He succumbed to his injuries at the scene and everything remains under investigation at this time,” Dennis told a news conference.
The man attempted to enter the visitor screening facility around 9 a.m. at the office’s field office in Cincinnati, the FBI said in a tweet. Officials said the man was wearing a bulletproof vest
After an alarm went off and special agents responded, the man fled north on Interstate 71.
The man was armed with a nail gun and an AR-15, law enforcement sources told NBC and CNN.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers pursued the man, who was wearing a bulletproof vest and gray shirt as he fled in a Crown Victoria, said Thomas Breckle, director of the Management Agency Clinton County ER. Officers exchanged gunfire with him as he walked away, Breckle said.
The suspect left the freeway and abandoned his car on nearby roads, where he exchanged gunfire with police.
Parts of the highway that were closed during the clash with police have begun to reopen, officials said.
Clinton County Emergency Management issued a lockdown for all buildings within a one-mile radius of the area and asked residents and business owners to lock their doors and stay indoors.
The incident comes a day after the FBI director warned of threats circulating online against agents and the Justice Department following the agency’s raid of former President Donald’s home. Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
Brian O’Hare, president of the FBI Agents Association, called the threats against law enforcement “unacceptable” in a press release Thursday.
“Threats made recently contribute to an atmosphere where some accept, or will accept, violence against law enforcement as appropriate,” he said. “It’s not. It’s not a partisan or political issue. It’s a matter of public safety and basic decency.”
On Wednesday, the FBI cited increasing social media threats when it warned officers to avoid protesters and ensure their security key cards are not visible outside of FBI premises.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Merrick Garland addressed recent attacks on the professionalism of federal agents.
“I will not remain silent when their integrity is unfairly attacked,” Garland said. “The men and women of the FBI and the Department of Justice are dedicated and patriotic public servants.”
Contribute: The Associated Press