Cincinnati – A Columbus man was involved in a police-involved shooting after attempting to breach a visitor’s entrance at an FBI field office in the city yesterday.
42-year-old Ricky Shiffer has been identified as the shooter. The man reported on Truth Social that he had in fact tried and failed to attack the FBI, ““Well, I thought I had a way through bulletproof glass, and I didn’t, If you don’t hear from me, it is true I tried attacking the FBI, and it’ll mean either I was taken off the internet, the FBI got me, or they sent the regular cops while.”
According to press releases Shiffer attempted to enter the field office of the FBI and possibly used a nail gun to break the bullet-proof glass. He was also armed with a gun and supposed body armor. When he was unsuccessful in the breach he took off in his car, that’s when Ohio State Highway patrol caught up with him.
On August 11, troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to Interstate 71 in an attempt to locate an armed suspect who fled from the FBI Cincinnati Field Office. Troopers located the suspect’s vehicle, a Ford Crown Victoria, near the northbound Interstate 71 rest area in Turtlecreek Township, Warren County at approximately 9:37 a.m. Once troopers got behind the vehicle, the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued. While behind the vehicle, a suspected gun shot was fired from inside the suspect’s vehicle. The pursuit continued on Interstate 71 until the suspect exited at state Route 73, traveling eastbound before turning onto Smith Rd.
The suspect’s vehicle came to a stop at approximately 9:53 a.m. on Smith Rd. near Van Trees Rd. in Chester Township. The suspect exited the vehicle and engaged officers, where gunfire was exchanged on two separate occasions. The suspect then utilized his vehicle for cover, and a standoff situation began.
Throughout the afternoon troopers and our law enforcement partners attempted to negotiate with the suspect to bring the standoff to an end. Once negotiations failed, troopers attempted to take the suspect into custody by utilizing less lethal tactics. At approximately 3:42 p.m., the suspect raised a firearm and shots were fired by law enforcement officers. The suspect succumbed to fatal injuries on scene.
Shiffer was a construction electrician in Columbus