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Archive for August 12th, 2022

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Texas Mexican Mafia

Gunman Who Tried to Breach FBI Cincinnati Field Office Fatally Shot by Authorities

By Steve Neavling

A gunman wearing body armor was killed following an hours-long standoff that began when he tried to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office on Thursday morning. 

Ricky Shiffer, 42, tried to breach the visitor’s screening area at 9:15 a.m., activating an alarm and prompting a response by FBI agents, The Washington Post reports.

Driving a Ford Crown Victoria, Shiffer fled and fired a gun at law enforcement as they pursued him on Interstate 71.

The man exchanged gunfire with authorities after stopping on a rural stretch of the road. Attempts to negotiate with the gunman failed, and shortly before 3 p.m., Shiffer raised his gun at police, prompting officers to return fire, authorities said. He was fatally shot.

Shiffer is believed to be tied to the Proud Boys and was in Washington D.C. in the lead up to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. 

The confrontation came as federal law enforcement warned of threats against agents following the raid on former President Trump’s house. 

“Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement Thursday. “Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans. Every day I see the men and women of the FBI doing their jobs professionally and with rigor, objectivity, and a fierce commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. I am proud to serve alongside them.”

Nuclear Weapon Documents Among Records Sought by FBI in Raid of Trump’s House

Attorney General Merrick Garland. (Photo: DOJ)

By Steve Neavling

FBI agents who searched the home of former President Donald Trump this week were looking for records relating to nuclear weapons, among other information.

Citing people familiar with the investigation, The Washington Post reports that nuclear weapons documents were believed to be among the records sought by agents.

The report came just hours after Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters that he had personally authorized the request for a search warrant and had asked a Florida court to unseal the warrant.

Trump followed up by saying he not only supports the request but is “encouraging the immediate release of those documents” related to what he dubbed the “unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in.”

“Release the documents now!” Trump said. 

The search was connected to an investigation into whether Trump illegally removed records from the White House when he left office.