FBI suspect Ricky Shiffer previously handled classified information for US military: report


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The man accused of attempting to break into the FBI’s field office in Cincinnati on Thursday allegedly handled classified material for the US military while stationed on submarines years ago, and the suspect was previously known to the FBI.

“The FBI has previously received information about Ricky Shiffer, the individual who attempted to breach the FBI Field Office Visitor Screening Facility in Cincinnati on August 11, 2022,” an FBI spokesperson told Fox. News Digital in a statement. “The information did not contain a specific and credible threat. However, several field offices attempted to locate and interview Shiffer, without success.”

Ricky Shiffer, 42, spent five years in the US Navy between June 1998 and June 2003, mostly aboard the USS Columbia, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine.

The suspect also spent three years in the Florida National Guard as an infantryman between May 2008 and May 2011, including a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was honorably discharged in May 2011, according to his Department of Defense service record.

POLICE SEARCH SUSPICIOUS EXTREMIST POSTS OF SHOOTER WHO ATTEMPTED TO RAPATE CINCINNATI FBI OFFICE

An FBI agent stands outside the scene of an exchange between law enforcement and FBI Field Office burglary suspect Ricky Shiffer.
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During those eight years combined, Schiffer handled highly classified information, according to The Washington Post.

Authorities are reviewing social media posts posted to Shiffer’s various accounts on Truth Social, a platform created by former President Donald Trump’s media company; Facebook; and Twitter.

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Shiffer is suspected of posting extremist views on several social media platforms in which he encouraged his followers to “kill the FBI on sight”.

Investigators outside the FBI field office in Cincinnati after an armed suspect showed up and fled the scene.

Investigators outside the FBI field office in Cincinnati after an armed suspect showed up and fled the scene.
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The 42-year-old, who allegedly wore a bulletproof vest while armed with a rifle and an AR-15 style nail gun, was fatally shot after breaking the chase stopping and heading into a six-hour standoff in a rural field. in Wilmington, Ohio.

Shiffer is believed to have posted a message on his Truth Social account 30 minutes into the clash, in which he admitted to the attack.

“Well, I thought I had a way through bulletproof glass, and I didn’t. If you haven’t heard from me, it’s true that I tried to attack the FBI, and that will either mean I was taken off the internet, the FBI got me, or they sent the regular cops over,” a post from an account using Shiffer’s name said Thursday.

Authorities are reviewing social media posts posted to Shiffer's various accounts on Truth Social, a platform created by former President Donald Trump's media company;  Facebook;  and Twitter.

Authorities are reviewing social media posts posted to Shiffer’s various accounts on Truth Social, a platform created by former President Donald Trump’s media company; Facebook; and Twitter.

Thursday’s incident came after the FBI executed a search warrant at the former of President Donald Trump Mar-a-Lago at home in Florida on Monday.

Fox News checked the messages, and law enforcement works to confirm who owns the account.

“Truth Social does not tolerate violent threats or incitement on our platform. We strive to immediately remove these posts from Truth Social and cooperate with law enforcement,” said the Trump Media & Technology Group. in a statement to Fox News.

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The social media platform deleted the posts and the account after the suspect was identified.

Shiffer would also appear in a video posted to Facebook from a pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C., on January 5, and a post from a Twitter account using his name said he witnessed the riot in the Capitol on January 6, according to the Post.

“Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and do grave harm to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement. statement Thursday. “Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be of deep concern to all Americans. Every day, I see the men and women of the FBI do their jobs professionally and with thoroughness, objectivity and a fierce commitment to our mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution.I am proud to serve alongside them.

Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.


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