After an hours-long standoff that closed interstate and disrupted rural life, law enforcement officers shot and killed a man who they said tried to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati office on Thursday. Ohio authorities declined to confirm the man’s name or describe his motives.
But two law enforcement officials familiar with the matter said investigators were looking into whether the man, whom they identified as Ricky Shiffer, had ties to extremist groups, including one that participated in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The day after former President Donald J. Trump’s private residence in Florida was searched by the FBI, someone with an account bearing Shiffer’s name posted messages on Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, recommending that “patriots” go to Florida and kill federal agents.
On Thursday, the same account also appeared to confess to an attack on the FBI The attack in Ohio came three days after agents served a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s beachfront home and club.
(New York Times News Service)