The FBI has released further information about the incident that happened at its Cincinnati, Ohio FBI building earlier Thursday.
At approximately 9 AM this morning an armed subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at #FBI Cincinnati. After an alarm and a response by FBI special agents, the subject fled north onto Interstate 71. pic.twitter.com/vFZHnpbM9L
— FBI Cincinnati (@FBICincinnati) August 11, 2022
“At approximately 9 AM this morning an armed subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at #FBI Cincinnati,” the FBI said. “After an alarm and a response by FBI special agents, the subject fled north onto Interstate 71.”
What that doesn’t say is that while the man allegedly flashed an AR-15, he didn’t fire that at anyone in the FBI building. Instead, he fired a nail gun at personnel in the building before he took off.
He was then pursued by law enforcement. He subsequently ended up in a standoff and shootout with law enforcement.
“Law enforcement has traded shots with a male suspect who is wearing a gray shirt and body armor,” the agency said in a statement, warning people nearby to stay inside and lock their doors. Ohio State Highway Patrol said the suspect had fired shots from a Ford Crown Victoria while he was being pursued by police.
The suspect has unknown injuries, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol. No officers or bystanders have been injured.
At about 12:30, the agency said the suspect was “contained” but not in custody.
There is no indication at this point as to motive, or whether this case has anything to do with the FBI raid on President Donald Trump’s home, despite the left trying to make hay out of the incident, suggesting that this is some kind of retaliatory act. Shooting a nail gun is also an odd choice if you are otherwise armed, so that suggests to me that it could be someone who is just unhinged. We’ll have to wait and see what additional information is provided to draw any conclusions.