(ANSA) — NEW YORK, AUGUST 11 — The man who attempted to break into FBI headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio has been killed. After hours of pursuit and negotiations to calmly turn himself in to authorities, Ricky Shiffer was shot dead by police. His attempted raid follows a blitz by federal agents at Donald Trump’s home, which has sparked an avalanche of criticism against the FBI from Republicans and the right.
Shiffer is rumored to be a supporter of the former US president with ties to extremist groups, including one of those involved in the Jan. 6 attack on Congress. In fact, the man was reportedly filmed in video posted to Facebook at a pro-Trump rally in Washington the night before the Capitol attack.
The alarm went off around 9 a.m. when Shiffer attempted to break into FBI offices with a handgun and rifle, believed to be an Ar-15. The special agents intervened immediately. A few shots rang out, then Shiffer escaped and opened a manhunt, which is now ongoing. The man sought refuge in rural areas outside of the city, but the massive police presence was able to stop him. So hours of negotiations began to persuade him to surrender, but to no avail. Eventually, Shiller was killed.
The reasons for his actions are not known and the police are investigating the matter. It is feared this is an action related to the FBI blitz at Trump’s home and the anger generated in right-wing circles, prompting a call to action. (HAND).
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