An armed suspect attempted an attack on an FBI building in Cincinnati on Thursday morning, allegedly brandishing multiple weapons before leading FBI officials into a car chase.
“On August 11, 2022, at approximately 9:15 a.m. EST, the FBI Field Office in Cincinnati had an armed subject attempt to enter the Visitor Control Center,” an FBI spokesperson told POLITICO. “Upon activation of an alarm and response from armed FBI special agents, subject fled north on Interstate 71.”
According to a spokesperson for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the pursuit ended in a cornfield near Interstate 71 and State Route 73. Multiple reports indicate that the subject of the pursuit has since exchanged shootings with the police on the ground.
Interstate-71 is currently closed between State Routes 73 and 68 in Wilmington, Ohio, according to the local NBC affiliate. Portions of state roads 73 and 380 would also be closed. The FBI said it was working with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement to resolve the issue.
“The situation is confined to a certain area,” state Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Nathan Dennis said Thursday at a news conference. “There is an established perimeter in this area. So…there is no public risk to anything outside of this area.”
State Highway Patrol declined to say whether or not they knew the suspect’s identity or possible injuries. Dennis said no officers were injured at the time.
“At this time, I cannot positively identify the suspect or his injuries – if any – at this time,” Dennis said.
The motives behind the attack are currently unknown, but the attack comes just a day after FBI Director Christopher Wray warned of violent threats against law enforcement. Wray called the threats of violence against law enforcement “dangerous” and “deplorable” during a press conference in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday.
“Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re mad at,” Wray said.