A gunman in a bulletproof vest attempted to break into the FBI office in Cincinnati on Thursday, authorities said.
The suspect attempted to enter the visitor screening facility around 9 a.m. at the bureau’s field office in Cincinnati, the FBI said in a tweet. After an alarm sounded and special agents responded, the suspect fled north on Interstate 71.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers pursued the suspect, who was wearing a body armor and gray shirt, as he fled in a Crown Victoria, said Thomas Breckle, director of the Emergency Management Agency. of Clinton County. Officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect as he walked away, Breckle said. Parts of the highway were closed, officials said.
Clinton County Emergency Management issued a lockdown for all buildings within a one-mile radius of the area and asked residents and business owners to lock their doors and stay inside
The incident comes a day after the FBI director warned of threats circulating online against agents and the Justice Department following the agency’s raid of former President Donald’s home. Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
“Violence against law enforcement is not the solution, no matter who you are angry with,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in Omaha on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the FBI cited increasing social media threats when it warned officers to avoid protesters and ensure their security key cards are not visible outside of FBI premises.
Contribute: The Associated Press