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Cincinnati FBI Threatened, Armed Suspect Flees Scene

According to the FBI’s Cincinnati division, an armed suspect attempted to break into the Visitor Screening Facility at about 9 a.m. Thursday.

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Attempting to break into the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) building in downtown Cincinnati, an armed suspect led police on a high-speed chase.

An alarm was triggered at the Visitor Screening Facility at around 9 a.m. on Thursday, and agents from the FBI’s Cincinnati office say that an armed suspect tried to break in.

According to NBC News’s reporting, the suspect used a nail gun and an AR-15-style rifle before fleeing the scene.

Following the activation of the alarm and the arrival of FBI special agents, the suspect “fled north onto Interstate 71,” as reported by FBI Cincinnati on Twitter.

This morning around 9 a.m., an armed intruder made an attempt to enter the #FBI Cincinnati Visitor Screening Facility. The suspect took off northbound on Interstate 71 after an alarm was triggered and FBI special agents responded. pic.twitter.com/vFZHnpbM9L August 11, 2022 — FBI Cincinnati (@FBICincinnati)

The FBI said that they, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement partners, were working to resolve the critical incident that had occurred near Wilmington, Ohio.

According to a local news station, the suspect took off on Interstate 71 heading in the direction of Columbus. Both directions of I-71 were closed, and State Route 73 between Mitchell Road and State Route 480 was also closed.

As reported by WXIX, the suspect abandoned the vehicle in a field near Smith Road and Ohio 73 just west of Interstate 71, and multiple reports indicate that shots were fired back and forth between both sides, according to officials with the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency.

The male suspect was last seen wearing body armor and a gray shirt. Residents have been told to stay inside their homes and all businesses within a mile of the area have been placed on lockdown.

This article will be revised as new details emerge from the investigation.

Revised on August 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm EDT: Details were added to this version of the story.

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