Armed man killed after trying to breach FBI office, standoff

Armed man killed after trying to breach FBI office, standoff

Published August 12, 2022
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The area in Clinton County, Ohio was closed for hours during a standoff Thursday after an armed man tried to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati office and fled north on the highway. Nick Graham/Dayton Daily News via AP hide caption

WILMINGTON, Ohio — An armed man clad in body armor who tried to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati office on Thursday was shot and killed by police after he fled the scene and engaged in an hourslong standoff in a rural part of the state, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The man is believed to have been in Washington in the days leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection and may have been present at the Capitol on the day of the attack, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the matter. The official could not discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The suspect was identified as Ricky Shiffer, 42, according to the law enforcement official. He was not charged with any crimes in connection with the Jan. 6 attack, the official said. Federal investigators are examining whether Shiffer may have had ties to far-right extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, the official said.