Gunman Approaches FBI Office, Exchanges Gunfire With Cops

CINCINNATI (AP) — A gunman wearing a body armor attempted to enter a security screening area at an FBI field office in Ohio on Thursday, then fled and traded gunshots. fire into a standoff with law enforcement, authorities said.

The confrontation at the FBI’s Cincinnati field office comes as officials warn of an increase in threats against federal agents in the days following a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida .

Federal officials said the man “attempted to breach” the visitor screening area at the FBI office and fled when confronted by agents. He was chased down Interstate 71 and exchanged gunfire with police, according to the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency.

Authorities closed the highway in both directions as police stood in a deadlock. No injuries were immediately reported.

Ohio officials locked down a one-mile radius near the freeway and urged residents and business owners to lock doors and stay inside.

An FBI evidence team has arrived at the office to investigate, according to multiple media outlets.

There have been growing threats against FBI agents and offices across the country in recent days since federal agents executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. On Gab, a social media site popular with white supremacists and anti-Semites, users warned they were preparing for an armed revolution.

Federal officials have also been tracking a range of other concerning chatter on Gab and other platforms threatening violence against federal agents. FBI Director Christopher Wray denounced the threats as he visited another FBI office in Nebraska on Wednesday.

“Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re mad at,” Wray said Wednesday in Omaha.

The FBI also warned its agents on Wednesday to avoid protesters and ensure their security key cards are “not visible outside of FBI space”, citing an increase in social media threats against office staff and facilities. He also warned officers to be aware of their surroundings and potential protesters.

The warning did not specifically mention the Mar-a-Lago raid this week, but attributed the online threats to “recent media reports of FBI investigative activity”.