Gunman Killed By Cincinnati FBI Was Also At the Capitol on January 6th
The armed man clad in body armor who tried to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati office on Thursday was shot and killed by police after he fled the scene and engaged in an hours-long standoff in a rural part of the state, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
The suspect was identified as Ricky Shiffer, 42, according to the OHP. Shiffer is also believed to have been in Washington in the days leading up to the January 6th insurrection and may have also been present at the Capitol on the day of the attack, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to the Associated Press under the condition of anonymity.
The NYT has identified the Ohio shooting suspect as “Ricky Shiffer.” There is a Truth Social account using that same name. On the same day the FBI executed a warrant on Mar A Lago, the account made a call to “be ready for combat” and to “Kill the FBI on sight.” https://t.co/xifjCxQ43N pic.twitter.com/j99w3NJxZ3
— Travis View (@travis_view) August 11, 2022
Shiffer was not charged with any crimes in connection with the Jan. 6 attack, the official said. Federal investigators are examining whether Shiffer may have had ties to far-right extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, the official said.
Ricky Shiffer: just another antivax, Musk-worshipping, antifa/BLM hating, trans-panicking stolen election truther. These guys are your neighbors, your coworkers, and your extended family. And many of them want to kill you. pic.twitter.com/grCy6XE3GV
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) August 11, 2022
Shiffer “attempted to breach” the visitor’s screening area at the FBI office at around 9:15 a.m., and fled when agents confronted him, according to federal authorities’ account of the incident. After fleeing onto Interstate 71, he was spotted by a trooper and fired shots as the trooper pursued him, said Lt. Nathan Dennis, an Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesperson, at a press conference.
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 11, 2022
Shiffer left the interstate north of Cincinnati and abandoned his car on rural roads, where he exchanged gunfire with police and sustained injuries, though no one else was hurt, Dennis said. He was shot after he raised a gun toward police at around 3 p.m. Thursday, Dennis said. The fatal encounter with police happened after negotiations failed and police tried unsuccessfully to use “less lethal tactics,” Dennis said, without providing details.
Ricky Shiffer, the armed man in body armor who was just killed trying to breach an FBI office, had the most active Truth Social account I’ve ever seen. His last two non-reply posts: https://t.co/Dv0yWkzl0m pic.twitter.com/eCFmJfF0en
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) August 11, 2022
There have been growing threats in recent days against FBI agents and offices across the country since federal agents executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. On Gab, a social media site popular with white supremacists and antisemites, users have warned they are preparing for an armed revolution. Federal officials have also been tracking an array 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 upset with,” Wray said Wednesday in Omaha.