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The armed man who attempted to breach the Cincinnati FBI building in Sycamore Township Thursday was shot and killed by police after a chase and a prolonged standoff, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Around 9 a.m., the man wearing body armor attempted to breach FBI Cincinnati’s visitor screening facility. After an alarm and response by special agents, the suspect fled north onto Interstate 71.

A trooper spotted the man’s vehicle, a white Ford Crown Victoria, near a northbound rest area in Warren County.

The trooper attempted a traffic stop shortly before 9:40 a.m., but the man continued to flee north. Shots were fired during the pursuit.

The man then exited onto State Route 73 and traveled east. After that, he headed north on Smith Road and came to a stop, exchanging gunfire with officers on the scene.

During the long standoff, law enforcement officials attempted to negotiate with the suspect, but ultimately, the negotiations proved unsuccessful, OHSP said.

Officials worked to take him into custody. Non-lethal tactics were used, but those proved unsuccessful as well, OSHP said.

Troopers said the suspect raised a firearm toward police, and shots were fired back by officers at the scene. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene around 3:40 p.m. OSHP said they are not releasing the suspect’s identity at this time.

During the standoff, Clinton County Emergency Management issued a lockdown for all buildings within a one-mile radius of Smith and Center roads. People in the area were told to lock their doors and remain inside.

Northbound and southbound I-71 was closed between US Route 68 and State Route 73, near Wilmington, and didn’t reopen until around 2:00 p.m.

The case is still under investigation, OSHP. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Suspect might have ties to Jan. 6 riots

NBC News, citing law enforcement, is reporting the suspect has been identified as Ricky Walter Shiffer who was at the Jan. 6 riots.

Although a possible motive for the breach has not been released, the incident comes a day after FBI director Christopher Wray warned of online threats against agents and the Justice Department after the agency searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

FBI Field Office in Kenwood. Authorities say a man tried to break into the visitor screening area and fled when confronted. A police chase has a portion of I-71 shut down in Clinton County on Thursday afternoon.

FBI Field Office in Kenwood. Authorities say a man tried to break into the visitor screening area and fled when confronted. A police chase has a portion of I-71 shut down in Clinton County on Thursday afternoon.

What does Cincinnati’s FBI field office do?

The FBI’s field office in Cincinnati covers 48 counties throughout central and southern Ohio, including Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties, according to the bureau’s website.

The office oversees five satellite offices in Athens, Cambridge, Columbus, Dayton and Portsmouth.

First opened in 1913, the bureau’s headquarters in Cincinnati does counter-terrorism work and investigates white-collar crime, drug trafficking and child pornography, the website states.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. This story will be updated.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Police shoot and kill armed man who attempted to break-in at Cincinnati FBI building

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