Ohio FBI shooting – latest: Ricky Shiffer eyed as ‘domestic extremist’ in Cincinnati attack as Jan 6 link found

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Eric Trump blames Biden administration for FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago

Cincinnati shooting suspect Ricky Shiffer was shot and killed by police on the side of a highway hours after he tried to break through a visitor entrance at an FBI field office in the city.

The 42-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, fled the scene of the attempted attack on Thursday morning before a standoff and gunfight took place hours later. The FBI confirmed his death at 3:45 p.m. after a shootout.

Officials are now investigating Shiffer’s links to the US Capitol riots and right-wing extremism, as he appears to have claimed he was present in Washington on Jan. 6 on Truth Social, a pro-Trump social media site.

Shiffer also appeared to support former US President Donald Trump’s baseless claims about a stolen 2020 election, responding to social media posts from pro-Trump figures such as Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Donald Trump Jr.

On Tuesday, the FBI conducted a search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida as part of an investigation into mishandling of White House documents, sparking anger among his supporters. The raid was referenced in Shiffer’s social media posts this week.

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Think tank considers motivation for attack in Cincinnati

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a think tank that tracks extremism and hate speech online, said in a briefing that social media posts allegedly from suspect Ricky Shiffer showed that he was likely “motivated by a combination of conspiratorial beliefs.” regarding former President Trump. and the 2020 elections (among others)”.

The think tank added that it also appeared to be “interested in killing federal law enforcement officers” following the execution of a search warrant by the FBI in Mar-a-Lago this week.

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Suspect was armed with AR-15 rifle, officials say:

Suspect Ricky Shiffer was armed with a nail gun and AR-15-style rifle when he attempted to penetrate the FBI office’s visitor screen on Thursday, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.

Previous reports said Shiffer fired a nail gun at the FBI’s Cincinnati, Ohio office, before attempting to breach the building’s visitor screen.

He fled when officers confronted him, and was later shot dead during a standoff involving FBI agents and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

AR-15s are a semi-automatic weapon that has been heavily criticized in a series of mass shootings across the US this year, including at a July 4 parade and in schools.

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Shiffer a ‘suspected domestic violent extremist’

Ricky Shiffer has been regarded by investigators as a “suspected violent extremist” in the country, law enforcement officials said Friday.

An official told ABC News that Shiffer was being investigated as a “suspected domestic violence extremist” and that his social media history was being investigated after Thursday’s attack on an FBI office.

The report cited his social media posts on Twitter and Truth Social, the platform Donald Trump set up after his departure.

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Suspect seen in photos of January 6, police say

While it was suspected that Ricky Shiffer, the suspect in the Ohio shooting, had tweeted about attending the Capitol on Jan. 6, it remains unclear whether he entered the building.

As The New York Times reported on Thursday, a tweet from an account believed to belong to Shiffer claimed in May: “I was there. We watched you guys do that.’

The tweet was in response to a photo of rioters climbing the walls of the Capitol and was among multiple posts of pro-Trump posts.

Officials told reporters after the attack on an FBI office that the 42-year-old had not been charged in connection with the riot, although law enforcement officers had seen the Columbus, Ohio, resident of photos of the riot, NBC News reported.

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Negotiations with gunman failed, officials said

ICYMI: Suspected gunman Ricky Shiffer fled the FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was shot after failed negotiations with multiple law enforcement agencies.

Lieutenant Nathan Dennis, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said negotiations with the suspect along the I-71 highway had failed and police had tried “less lethal tactics” before firing.

There were no other injuries and it was unclear whether the suspect had said anything to agents during the standoff, which took place after Shiffer was accused of trying to break into the FBI’s field office in Cincinnati.

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The same day FBI suspect Ricky Shiffer responded to a tweet from Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene in May, the Ohio man also responded to a message from the former US president’s eldest son with another apparently veiled threat.

“Don’t comply,” Shiffer reportedly tweeted in response to a message from Donald Trump Jr. in which he told his followers, “Get ready” because “the interim variant (of COVID-19) is coming and it’s going to get really scary”.

An NBC News reported on the Twitter posts, Mr Trump Jr’s comments were a clear reference to fringe conspiracy theories about the disease and were groundless.

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FBI warned employees about threats on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the FBI had warned its agents to avoid would-be protesters and make sure their security key cards were “not visible outside the FBI space” due to an increase in threats shared online, the Associated Press reported.

While the internal warning to FBI officials did not specifically mention the search for Mar-a-Lago, the agency attributed the online threats to “recent media outlets reporting FBI investigative activity.”

On Gab, a social media site popular with white supremacists, users have reportedly warned that they were preparing for an armed revolution after the FBI’s execution of a search warrant on Donald Tump’s Florida home.

The search is believed to be part of an investigation into possible misconduct over classified White House documents brought to Mar-a-Lago.

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Shootout under investigation, FBI says

In an updated statement Thursday night, the FBI field office in Cincinnati said it “takes seriously all shooting incidents involving our agents or their task force members” and that the FBI’s Inspection Department was now investigating the shooting between officers and suspect. Ricky Shiffer.

The agency confirmed that Shiffer was shot and killed by officers at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, who were also firing weapons.

Shiffer had previously attempted to break through the visitor entrance to the FBI’s Cincinnati office before fleeing in his vehicle along Interstate 71, where he was spotted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and “trapped.”

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Suspect called for “1775” as “solution” in response to Marjorie Taylor Greene

Social media accounts believed to belong to FBI suspect Ricky Shiffer have been under scrutiny since his death on Thursday after a shootout with agents and an attempted attack on the agency’s Cincinnati office.

A tweet seen by NBC News suggested that in May, Shiffer was responding to a tweet from pro-Trump Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene by citing the need for a repeat of “1775” — a clear reference to the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.

Shiffer reportedly wrote: “Congressman Greene, they got away with arranging elections in plain sight. It is over. The next step is the one we used in 1775.”

Mrs Greene had tweeted: “I know they’re trying 1984, but I’m feeling the vibes of 2016”. Those comments were a clear reference to Donald Trump’s false claims that the Democrats stole the 2020 US election.

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Attack can lead to others, warns former cop

The attack on FBI headquarters in Cincinnati by a lone gunman could act as a rallying cry for other “unhinged” people to launch similar attacks, a former top operative has warned.

Speaking to CNN on Thursday, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe said it was “a coincidence” that the attack on an FBI field office happened in the wake of an FBI search on Donald Trump’s property in Mar. -a-Lago.

The suspect in the Cincinnati shooting, Ricky Shiffer, suggested on social media that he attended the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in support of the former president’s stolen election lies and planned to attack the FBI office. after the search on Mar-a-Lago, reports say.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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