Armed Suspect Attempts To Breach Ohio FBI Office
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An armed suspect reportedly attempted to break in to the FBI headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday morning.

Multiple law enforcement agencies engaged in pursuit when the suspect fled, causing closures on Interstate 71 and state Route 73 as the suspect apparently headed toward the state capital of Columbus.

“At approximately 9 AM this morning an armed subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at #FBI Cincinnati,” the local FBI office shared on Twitter. “After an alarm and a response by FBI special agents, the subject fled north onto Interstate 71.”

Fox News reported that the assailant fled after multiple shots were fired on the scene — but no reports of injuries had yet been posted.

The incident at FBI headquarters was linked a short time later to a lockdown in nearby Clinton County, where residents were advised to stay inside and lock their doors.

Reporter Kelly Rippin shared an update, saying, “CONFIRMED: The situation in Clinton Co is tied an earlier threat at the FBI building in Cincinnati. FBI building is no longer a threat. Suspect armed with a gun was at the building. There was a pursuit that has now lead to the Clinton Co situation which is still unfolding.”

Rippin also noted that the suspect had been identified as a male who was wearing a grey shirt and appeared to be wearing body armor.

Additional unconfirmed reports suggested that the suspect was continuing to shoot at law enforcement agents from a cornfield.

MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell later reported that the suspect had initially approached law enforcement with a nail gun, which he reportedly fired, before brandishing an AR-15 style rifle.

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