Armed standoff ends hours after FBI building attacked in Cincinnati

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A standoff with law enforcement ended Thursday afternoon, Ohio officials announced hours after an armed man attempted to breach an FBI office in Cincinnati and exchanged fire with authorities during the pursuit.

“Advised that law enforcement operations and response has ended. Some operations will continue on-scene, so portions of Smith Road (near Van Tress) will remain closed. The Ohio Department of Transportation advised that SR 73 will reopen shortly,” a spokesperson for Clinton County’s Emergency Management Agency said on social media.

Waves of heat radiate off Interstate 71 in Clinton County near Cincinnati, Ohio, which was closed during a standoff Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, with an armed man wearing body armor who tried to breach security at the FBI Cincinnati Field Office before he fled north on I-71.

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Northbound Interstate 71 was shut down after the suspect fired a nail gun at law enforcement, held up an AR-15-style rifle, and drove away from the FBI Cincinnati’s visitor screening facility, a local NBC affiliate reported.

Police said the man was followed by highway patrol, and police said the suspect got off the highway and stopped before the suspect and law enforcement exchanged gunfire in what turned into a standoff, according to the report.

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The suspect was shot by law enforcement, Clinton County EMA Director Thomas Breckel told News Center 7, but his condition remains unclear.

No other details about the suspect or the condition of responding law enforcement were immediately available.

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