WILMINGTON, Ohio. After hours of standoff that closed the Interstate and disrupted rural life, law enforcement officers shot and killed the man. who they said they were trying to infiltrate the Cincinnati FBI office on Thursday.
Ohio authorities declined to confirm the person’s name or describe their motives. But two law enforcement officers are familiar with the case stated that investigators were looking into whether the man they identified as Ricky Schiffer had ties to extremist groups, including one who participated in January 6 attack on Capitol.
day after former President Donald J. Trump private residence in Florida was searched by the FBI, someone with account in the name of Mr. Schiffer posted Messages on Mr Trump social media platform Truth Social, recommending “patriots” to go to Florida and kill federal agents. Thursday the same score also appeared to confess attack on FBI
AT attack in Ohio arrived three days after agents served a search warrant in Mar-a-Lago, on Mr Trump’s coast. home as well as the club a day after the FBI director told reporters that online threats against federal law enforcement was “regrettable and dangerous”.
That man, who officials said that wearing body armor, tried to break into the entrance to the screening room for visitors outside FBI field in Cincinnati office in suburb of Kenwood around 9 a.m., said Todd Lindgren, a spokesman for for in bureau. He said anxiety set off and the agents responded.
After running away, the man went north on On Interstate 71, he was spotted about 20 minutes later by a resting state trooper, officials said. area. This soldier started chase and came under fire, said Lieutenant Nathan Dennis. of Ohio State Highway Patrol.
AT chase eventually left interstate highway and meandering along rural roads before coming to a stop near the overpass of Interstate 71 near the highway. city of Wilmington. Lieutenant Dennis said there was a shootout. He said the officers were trying to negotiate with man and then tried to subdue him with low-lethal ammunition. These efforts failed. As a result, the man raised gun- said Lieutenant Dennis, and the officers opened fire, mortally wounding him.
AT attack happened during a week when many Republicans criticized the FBI for search of Mr. Trump home, with some call it a dangerous weapon of Ministry of Justice. Some numbers on right also made broader appeals for violence and civil war.
Thursday night Christopher A. Ray, FBI director defended bureau and condemned the attacks on law enforcement agencies.
“Unwarranted attacks on integrity of FBI undermines respect for in rule of law and do a serious disservice men as well as women who sacrifice a lot to protect others,” said Mr. Ray. “Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should care deeply for all Americans.”
Federal investigators have said they are carefully looking into Mr. Schiffer’s case. social media Accounts. On Tuesday Truth Social account in title of @rickywshifferjr posted encouraging message people to go to Florida, where, as he wrote, “Mar-a-Lago is located.”
“I recommend going to Florida, I think the feds won’t break it up”, – the message says. “IF they do, kill them.”
then on On Thursday morning, a message appeared: “If you do not hear from me, this true I tried to attack the FBI.”
The New York Times could not immediately confirm be it an account or something social media accounts belonging to Mr. Schiffer.
Twitter account named of @RickyShiffer expressed his approval for far right group Proud boys. Law enforcement officials said they were investigating his presence. in video posted on facebook on January 5, 2021, he is seen attending a pro-Trump rally at Black Lives Matter Plaza. in Washington on the eve of the storming of the Capitol.
In May, the @RickyShiffer Twitter account responded to the photo. of rioters climb the walls of Capitol on January 6 with message claiming to have attended building and it felt guilty people except for supporters of Mr Trump for in attack.
“I was there,” read the message. “We saw how your thugs did it.
Mr Schiffer was not charged with any crime in connection with January 6 attack. By the address in Columbus, Ohio, allegedly linked to Mr. Schiffer, police cars were parked. outside on Thursday evening and crime scene tape blocked access.
in the countryside area where is the confrontation took place everyday life was thrown into chaos on Thursday. Per hours residents of Clinton County, Ohio watched a crowd of police officers and helicopters hovering overhead. When Rob Thompson left to run errands shortly after 10 am, he was met at the end of a white Ford Crown Victoria was racing in his driveway, followed by several police officers.
“I thought that since we are on the Interstate, they just chasing the speeder,” said Mr. Thompson, who said it family owned and farmed 4,000 acres of land near Wilmington, Ohio, for three generations.
He soon found out that a person is being chased, who stopped about half a mile from his driveway in edge of corn field was wanted for trying to hack the FBI office. High corn blocked it view of standoff but mr thompson said he climbed to the top of its granaries for best view.
At 73 Grill, next to the playground of confrontation, residents spoke of broken days and anxious moments. Edgar Castillo prepared for grilled lunch rumble on Thursday – double cheeseburgers are big draw – when the sirens broke the typically quiet community.
“I’ve seen a lot of cars and police everywhere, but I don’t know what’s going on but I had to cook dinners for delivery,” Mr. Castillo said.
Other residents were alerted to the disturbance by the Clinton County Office of Emergency Management, which sent them text messages urging them to take shelter. in place.
“My boss there is out his gun and off we go outside and started watching the cornfields,” said Donna Bowman. who works on nearest farm. ’cause we were told the shooter was hiding in cornfield, but we don’t know where.”
Johnny Diaz, Amanda Holpuch as well as Lucia Valinhus made a report. Kitty Bennett contributed research.