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Suspect who tried to break into FBI office dies in standoff

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Associated Press

Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Patrick Orsagos

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities tried to break into the FBI's Cincinnati armed forces they say Investigating the man's motives. The case unfolded as the FBI warned agents to take extra precautions amid mounting social media threats against employees and facilities.

Officials have warned of increased threats to federal investigators following a raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.

In the Cincinnati case, a man attempted to break into his FBI office visitor screening area on Thursday morning and fled when agents confronted him. said the official. He was later spotted and pursued by state police along Interstate 71 when he opened fire, according to Lieutenant Nathan Dennis, spokesman for the Ohio Highway Patrol.

The suspect eventually got out of the car on a country road and got into a shootout with police, injured, Dennis said.

Attempted negotiations failed and police tried and failed to use an unspecified "low-lethal tactic", but the suspect raised his gun at the officer when he The man died at the scene, Dennis said.

Dennis said Thursday he could not comment on whether the suspect said anything to officers during the standoff.

He is believed to have been in Washington in the days leading up to the May 6 riots, and may have been in the Capitol on the day of the attack. According to law enforcement officials briefed on the matter. Officials could not discuss the details of the investigation publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The suspect was identified as Ricky Schiffer, 42, according to law enforcement officers. He has not been charged with any crimes related to the Jan. 6 attacks, officials said.Federal investigators are investigating whether Schiffer had ties to far-right extremist groups, including the Proud Boys.

Threats to FBI agents and offices nationwide have increased in recent days after federal agents executed a search warrant in Mar-a-Lago. On his site, Gab, a social media site popular with white supremacists and anti-Semites, users warn they are preparing for an armed revolution.

Federal officials are also tracking a series of related chatter on other platforms threatening violence against Gab and federal agents. FBI Director Christopher Wray visited another FBI office in Nebraska on Wednesday and condemned the threats.

, is not the answer," Ray said Wednesday in Omaha.

On Wednesday, the FBI warned investigators to avoid potential protesters and ensure security key cards were "not visible outside FBI space," and officials citing the increasing threat of social media to hospitals and facilities.

The alert does not specifically mention this week's Mar-a-Lago raid, but attributes the online threat to "recent media coverage of FBI investigative activity."

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Welsh Huggins reported from Columbus, Ohio. Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo of Washington and Jim Mustian of New York contributed to this report.