Ohio standoff – latest: Ricky Shiffer may have left final message on Trump’s social platform before being shot in FBI standoff

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Law enforcement officers in Ohio shot and killed Ricky Shiffer, 42, after the armed man threatened an FBI field office in Cincinnati on Thursday morning then fled.

After a daylong standoff in a cornfield in Wilmington, Ohio, officers fatally shot Shiffer, who they say resisted negotiations and pointed a gun towards police.

Earlier that morning, officials say Shiffer fired a nail gun and brandished an AR-15-style rifle at FBI agents then fled in his car.

Highway troopers chased the man after finding him at a rest stop, before he eventually abandoned his car and fled into a cornfield, exchanging gunfire with police.

Officers surrounded the field and surveyed it with helicopters and drones for hours.

Police are investigating whether the man had any ties to the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

Social media accounts appearing to belong to Shiffer indicate he may have been present during the insurrection.

The incident comes as numerous prominent conservatives have trained their ire at the FBI, after the agency carried out a search at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida as part of an investigation into the mishandling of White House documents.

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FBI director calls attack on Ohio agents ‘deeply concerning’

ICYMI: FBI Director Christopher Wray called Thursday’s attack on an Ohio FBI office “deeply concerning.”

“Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans,” Mr Wray wrote in a statement to NBC News. “Every day I see the men and women of the FBI doing their jobs professionally and with rigor, objectivity, and a fierce commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.”

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Ricky Shiffer being labeled ‘suspected domestic violent extremist’ – report

Authorities have said the Ohio shooting suspect Ricky Shiffer is being labeled as a “suspected domestic violent extremist”, according to a tweet by ABC’s chief investigative reporter Josh Margolin on Friday.

The report cited law enforcement officials who have been briefed on the probe.

Shiffer, who was shot dead by the FBI, allegedly threatened the investigative agency’s office in Cincinnati on Thursday around 9am, firing a nail gun at staff and brandishing an AR-15-style rifle, before driving away.

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Police identify man who threatened Ohio FBI office

ICYMI: Officials have identified Ricky Shiffer, 42, as the armed man who threatened the Cincinnati field office of the FBI.

Officers shot and killed Shiffer after a prolonged standoff in a cornfield near Wilmington, Ohio.

Police reportedly tried to negotiate with the individual and use non-lethal tactics to arrest him, before the 42-year-old raised a gun at officers and was killed, the Ohio State Patrol said.

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Ricky Shiffer: Everything we know about Ohio gunman who attacked FBI

Ohio native Ricky Shiffer was shot and killed by the law enforcement officers on Thursday afternoon after he launched an attack on an FBI field office in Cincinnati.

The 42-year-old suspect was armed with a nail gun and an assault rifle.

Resident of Columbus, Shiffer had reportedly posted a string of violent remarks on his social media account on Truth Social in the recent months leading to the attack.

Josh Marcus reports on everything we know about Ricky Shiffer:

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FBI probing Ohio shooter’s social media presence, ties to right-wing extremism – Report

FBI investigators are probing Ohio shooting suspect Ricky Shiffer’s presence on social media platforms, and whether he had any links with right-wing extremism, CNN reported, citing a source.

The officials are also looking into whether the suspect had any connection with any of the groups involved in the Capitol riots and if he was himself involved in the violent attack, reported CNN citing a separate federal law enforcement source.

According to a Truth Social account reported to belong to the shooting suspect, Shiffer referred to making an attempt to storm an FBI office and also urged others online to brace for a war for revolution, the report added.

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Armed man who threatened FBI office in Ohio shot by police

ICYMI: Police have shot and killed Ricky Shiffer, 42, an armed man who threatened an Ohio FBI office on Thursday morning, leading to a prolonged car chase and standoff throughout the day.

Here’s the Ohio State Patrol announcing what happened.

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Standoff over as Ohio officials probe whether man who threatened FBI had Jan 6 ties: officials

ICYMI: An hourslong standoff between Ohio police and an armed man accused of threatening a Cincinnati FBI field office on Thursday has come to an end, according to local officials.

“Law enforcement operations and response has ended,” Clinton County Emergency Management Agency announced on Thursday.

It’s unclear whether the individual—who allegedly fired a nail gun and brandished an assault rifle at FBI agents, and later shot at police—has been arrested, killed, or otherwise.

Police are now probing whether the man, unofficially identified by two anonymous law enforcement sources in New York Times as Ricky Shiffer, 42, has any ties to the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol in 2021.

Social media accounts appearing to belong to the man indicate he was present in Washington on 5 and 6 January for pro-Trump demonstrations, and claimed to have been present at the storming of the Capitol.

More details to come on this breaking news story.

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Standoff with man who threatened FBI has ‘ended’: officials

ICYMI: The hours-long standoff on Thursday between Ohio police and an armed man accused of threatening a Cincinnati FBI office has ended, according to county officials.

The Clinton County Emergency Management Agency announced that “law enforcement operations and response has ended. Some operations will continue on-scene,” in a terse update on Thursday evening.

It’s unclear whether the individual was arrested, killed, or otherwise.

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Witness describes watching FBI chase armed assailant

ICYMI: Farmer Rob Thompson was stunned this morning as a blazing police chase sped past his farm in Wilmington, Ohio.

“I thought, since we are by the interstate, that they were just chasing a speeder,” Mr Thompson told New York Times.

But it was far from just a speeder. Instead, officers are still in pursuit of an armed man who allegedly threatened an FBI office in Cincinnati this morning.

The farmer said he wasn’t worried about his safety.

“He could be in the cornfield or a thicket of trees nearby, but they have him contained,” he continued.

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Die-hard Trump fans claim Ohio FBI shootout is a ‘false flag’ attack

Well, that didn’t take long.

The diehard Donald Trump fans on r/TheDonald, a popular (and often NSFW) Reddit page, are claiming that the armed threats against an FBI field office in Ohio today were “staged.”

As NBC News reporter Ben Collins reports, nearly “every top post” on the page at the moment has some version of the conspiracy theory.

Speculation about the FBI has been flying in conservative circles since the Justice Department raid on Donald Trump earlier this week.

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