FBI office attacker slain

WASHINGTON (AFP) — An armed man who fled after attempting to breach a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (US) was killed in a standoff with police, authorities said Thursday.

“Upon the activation of an alarm and a response by armed FBI special agents, the subject fled,” the FBI said in a statement.

According to local media, the man fired a nail gun and brandished an AR-15-style rifle before fleeing by car.

A police spokesperson said the vehicle was pursued by law enforcement and that it stopped in a rural area.

“Once the vehicle came to a stop, gunfire was exchanged between officers on the scene and the suspect,” the spokesperson said.

Officers then attempted to negotiate with the suspect, but he did not surrender, the spokesperson told a press conference after the standoff ended.

After the suspect raised a weapon towards the police, officers shot him and “he succumbed to his injuries at the scene,” the spokesperson said.

NBC reported that the suspect, according to three people aiding law enforcement, could be seen in photos of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters, but it was unclear whether he went inside.

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