Ohio standoff – live: Armed man involved in FBI shoot-out cornered in field after police chase

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Ohio police are locked in a standoff in a cornfield with an armed man who allegedly threatened an FBI office in Cincinnati.

The suspect reported fired a nail gun and brandished an AR-15-style rifle at FBI agents then fled in his car.

Law enforcement reportedly has the individual surrounded in a cornfield, where he has allegedly aimed a pistol at police.

The alleged gunman has been described as bald and wearing sunglasses.

The standoff termporarily shut down traffic on I-71, a major highway.

The incident comes as numerous prominent conservatives have trained their ire at the FBI, after the agency carried out a search at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida as part of an investigation into the mishandling of White House documents.

Key points

  • Dramatic shoot-out after armed man threatened FBI office in Ohio and led police on car chase

  • Will Merrick Garland address Ohio FBI standoff?

  • Traffic on I-71 back open as suspect ‘contained’ in cornfield: officials

Merrick Garland speaking in Washington

20:08 , Josh Marcus

Attorney General Merrick Garland is now speaking in Washington, DC.

He’s expected to mostly address the recent search at Donald Trump’s Florida residence, but we’ll keep an eye out for any updates on the Ohio standoff.

Traffic on I-71 back open as suspect ‘contained’ in cornfield: officials

19:53 , Josh Marcus

The armed man suspected of threatening an Ohio FBI office is still hiding out in a cornfield, according to local officials.

The Clinton County Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday afternoon that the “suspect has not yet been taking into custody, but is contained,” after numerous law enforcement officers surrounded the field.

Traffic on I-71, temporarily shut down for security reasons, is now back open in both directions.

Will Merrick Garland address Ohio FBI standoff?

19:43 , Josh Marcus

Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to offer remarks today about the recent FBI raid at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and residence in Florida.

The top Justice Department official may also offer new information about the ongoing standoff in Ohio involving a man who allegedly threatened an FBI field office in Cincinnati.

Eric Garcia has more on what to expect from the AG.

Merrick Garland to give a statement on Trump Mar-a-Lago raid

Farmer says he’s watching Ohio FBI standoff ‘from top of the grain bin’

19:22 , Josh Marcus

Details are still emerging about a massive law enforcement standoff in Ohio involving a man who allegedly threatened an FBI field office.

The FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and local police have all converged on a cornfield near Wilmington, Ohio, and surrounded the alleged assailant.

Livestock farmer Bryan Vaughan of Wilmington wrote on Twitter on Thursday’s he can see at least 40 police vehicles from the top of his grain bin.

Dramatic shoot-out after armed man threatened FBI office in Ohio and led police on car chase

19:03 , Josh Marcus

There’s an ongoing standoff in Ohio after an armed man made threats at an FBI office in Cincinnati and led police on a car chase.

NBC News reporter Ken Dilanian said on MSNBC that “a man entered ... and fired a nail gun at law enforcement ... The man then held up an AR-15 style rifle before fleeing in a vehicle”.

He added: “A pursuit then occurred … Then the suspect got out of the car and there was a standoff.”

The Wilmington News Journal reported that police scanner traffic updates from the incident said that at 10am, the suspect, described as bald and wearing sunglasses, entered a cornfield and aimed a pistol at police, prompting law enforcement to set up a perimeter.

Gustaf Kilander is following this breaking news story.

Shoot-out after armed man threatened FBI office in Ohio and led police on car chase

Live coverage of the Ohio standoff

19:02 , Josh Marcus

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the ongoing police standoff in Ohio, which comes as an armed man allegedly threatened an FBI office in Cincinnati.

19:01 , Josh Marcus