Armed Gunman Tries To Break Into Ohio FBI Bureau Building


A suspect is engaged in a police situation in Clinton County after an attempt to break into the FBI building in downtown Cincinnati.

According to our partners at WLWT, the suspect showed up at the FBI office and made potential threats. It is believed that they were armed at the time.

The suspect then drove off on I-71, leading officers from the Ohio State Patrol towards Columbus before stopping by I-71 and State Route 73. There is currently an ongoing police situation at this location.

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I-71 has been shut down in both directions from State Route. 73 to State Route 68, WLWT reports. State Route 73 is also closed in both directions between Mitchell Road and State Route 480.

All the buildings within a one-mile radius of Smith and Center roads are currently under lockdown and residents are asked to stay inside their homes.

Police scanner:

At 9:50 a.m. a trooper stated that the suspect has exited at SR 73.

9:51: Suspect traveling on SR 73 toward Wilmington.

9:53: “Clear the intersection of SR 73 and Mitchell”. “Vehicle on Smith Road at this time.” Four cruisers involved in the pursuit.

9:54: “On Center Road.” “On Smith Road at the 71 overpass.”

9:55: “Crossing over 68 at this time.” It sounds like Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies are also involved.

9:58: “Need someone at south end of Smith at the edge of the cornfield.” At Center and Smith roads.

9:59: “Put CareFlight on standby please.”

10:00: Driver out of car behind it and “pointed a pistol at us.”

10:01 Putting up a perimeter around cornfield.

10:03: Wilmington Fire Department ambulances are stationed near the scene.

10:04: White male, orange shirt, bald, sunglasses…

10:05: Suspect just reached inside the car.

10:11: Clinton County EMA reports shots fired.

10:14: CCSO and also Greene County Sheriff’s involved.

10:16: Scanner has been mostly silent regarding this for a few minutes…

10:20: Chopper(s) in the air. Suspect sitting on ground behind car. Armored vehicle on the way. Staging SWAT team at Collett Propane.

10:24: Chopper: “Blood splatter on his shorts. Right thigh area.” “Part of windshield shot out.” Suspect on knees, holding rifle.”

10:26: Request for ODOT to shut down area of SR 380, Oglesbee.

10:30 It appears that CareFlight has landed in the area and is standing by.

10:32: Two FBI negotiators coming to scene. SR 73 closed in both directions between Mitchell Road and SR 380.

10: 41: Nothing new heard on scanner other than officers staging in area. News Journal has reported near scene.

10:41: EMA: Lockdown in effect for all buildings within one-mile radius of Smith Road and Center Road intersection. Lock doors and stay inside.

10:45: Chopper: “Rifle down for the moment. He is on his knees.” Report that armored vehicle is on the scene.

10:57: No further notable scanner traffic on the regular channels News Journal monitors.

11:07: Ditto.

11:23 FBI officers are on the scene and an FBI helicopter is landing. No other scanner chatter to report nor additional info of note from reporter at scene.