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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that police have finished the standoff with the suspect behind the shooting at an FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio after he led them on a chase that culminated in hours in a cornfield.
"The gunman, who has not been identified, fled over 40 miles northeast with the Ohio State Patrol giving chase after he failed to breach the federal building around 9 a.m. As he fled, authorities say gunfire was exchanged between officers and the suspect, who took cover in a cornfield for more than five hours," reported Josh Fiallo. "While the standoff is over, authorities have not said whether the gunman was arrested or killed. The announcement to lift all lockdown recommendations came at 4:25 p.m. from Clinton County Emergency Management."
"As cops chased the gunman through the rural community of Wilmington, the county’s emergency management agency told residents within a one-mile radius to stay inside, lock their doors, and 'remain vigilant.' The gunman was described as armed, wearing a gray shirt and body armor," said the report. "Interstate 71 — an important artery that connects Cincinnati to the state’s capital, Columbus — was closed for several hours before being reopened around 2:30 p.m. as local authorities confirmed the gunman was 'contained,' despite not being arrested."
"Ohio State Patrol said that the gunman was surrounded in the cornfield, adding that no officers had been injured," the report continued. "It’s unclear if the suspect had been struck by cops’ return fire during the chase."
The motive for the suspect, who was reportedly armed with an AR-15 style rifle and a nail gun, is not currently known.
However, the incident comes after multiple days of Republican lawmakers and right-wing media personalities casting aspersions on the FBI for executing a search warrant at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida, with many baselessly accusing agents of conducting a political hit and some even comparing the FBI to the Gestapo.
The wife of Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has testified before the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"The House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, has recently interviewed former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and is in talks with former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as well as former National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, multiple sources tell CNN. Chao and DeVos, both members of former President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, resigned a day after the attack on the US Capitol and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power," CNN reported on Thursday.
Cooperation by Cabinet secretaries comes against the backdrop of Trump searching for the purported mole who flipped on him, resulting in a search warrant being issued for Mar-a-Lago.
"Additionally, sources tell CNN the committee is still negotiating terms for a potential interview with former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. Given the classified nature of Ratcliffe’s former role, there are unique issues the two sides have to work out, the sources said. At least nine Cabinet-level officials who were still in their roles on January 6 are known to have cooperated with or are engaging with the committee," CNN reported.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the select committee on Tuesday.
"Like Pompeo, DeVos and Chao are known to have explored the idea of possibly removing Trump from power via the 25th Amendment in the immediate aftermath of the January 6 attack," CNN reported. "Multiple former Cabinet officials who have been interviewed by the committee were asked about the 25th Amendment, according to numerous sources familiar with the investigation. But the panel still appears to be seeking information about those discussions following January 6."
FBI Agents Association blasts Trump allies: 'Calls for violence against law enforcement are unacceptable'
A man with an AR-15 and a nail gun went after the FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday morning leading to a chase and crisis negotiation with the individual. Supporters of President Donald Trump have filled message boards with attacks on federal law enforcement and attacked the judge who signed the search warrant for Mar-a-Lago. Republicans have attacked the FBI, going so far as to demand defunding the FBI and implying that they planted evidence.
By Thursday afternoon, the FBI Agents' Association released a statement saying that leaders should be supporting federal law enforcement not urging on attackers.
"FBI Special Agents are dedicated members of the law enforcement community who put their lives on the line every day to protect the public from criminals and terrorists," the statement said. "Special Agents and their families should never be threatened with violence, including for doing their jobs."
"The threats made recently contribute to an atmosphere where some have, or will accept violence against law enforcement as appropriate. It is not. This is not a partisan or political issue. It is a matter of public safety and basic decency. Calls for violence against law enforcement are unacceptable, and should be condemned by all leaders."
After the news broke about the search warrant, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) called to destroy the FBI. The tweet was still online three days later.
Earlier on Thursday, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was confronted by a Fox News host who asked what happened to "backing the blue," meaning why he was no longer supportive of law enforcement.
"The FBI, with 35,000 members, you know, now they apparently are receiving a lot of specific field agents are receiving specific death threats because there are a number of people online and elsewhere who are demonizing the FBI, and some Republicans," the Fox host explained to the Congressman.