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FBI Exchanged Fire with ‘Armed Suspect’ After Car Chase to Open Field Near Cincinnati

The FBI reports there were ‘shots fired’ at the Cincinnati headquarters when an armed suspect attempted to breach the facility. A manhunt ensued leading the FBI and Ohio State Highway Patrol to pin the suspect down near an open field.

The FBI Cincinnati office announced that an armed suspect had attempted to breach a Visitor Screening Facility. An alarm was sounded and a manhunt ensued.

“The man, wearing body armor, exchanged gunfire with police, according to the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

“Unconfirmed information shared internally among agents suggested the suspect possibly brandished a nail gun and an AR-15 style rifle,” a source told Fox News.

“Law enforcement pursued chase, and the suspect traveled about 60 miles northwest before the pursuit ended at I-71 and Hwy 73. Multiple shots were fired during a standoff, according to the source,” Fox News added.

The motive for the alleged attack remains unknown, as it the current situation with the armed standoff. The Ohio State Patrol is planning to hold a press conference on the matter.

Homeland Security arrived at the scene shortly after the incident was reported.

Video taken from near the scene was provided by WLWT.

Interstate-71 in Clinton County has been partially shut down.

“Both sides of Interstate 71 are shut down in Clinton County between Ohio 73 and U.S. 68 after an armed suspect tried to break into FBI headquarters in Greater Cincinnati and then fled, according to the FBI,” Fox reported.

“The FBI says an armed person tried to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at the FBI Headquarters in Greater Cincinnati,” the report notes. “After an alarm went off and a response by FBI special agents, the subject fled north onto Interstate I-71.”

“The FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and local law enforcement are on the scene near Wilmington,” the report adds. “Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers began chasing the suspect on northbound I-71 near the Kings Mills exit at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, dispatchers confirm.”

“Clinton County Emergency Management says there is a lockdown in effect for all buildings within a one-mile radius of Smith and Center roads,” the report continued. “People in that area are being told to lock their doors and remain inside.”

The shooting incident occurrs one day after FBI Director Christopher Wray blasted critics of its Trump raid as ‘dangerous’ and claimed that pushback was leading to an increase in death threats.FBI Director Wray on Wednesday accused critics of the Trump raid of making “threats” against federal agents.

“I’m always concerned about threats to law enforcement,” Wray said on Wednesday. “Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with.”

This is breaking news. It will be updated as more information is forthcoming.

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