The shooter who tried to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati field office on Thursday grew up on a farm in Perry County, central Pennsylvania, The Washington Post reported.
Ricky W. Shiffer fled after trying to break into the visitor control area of the FBI office, the agency said. He led police on a chase that ended in a six-hour standoff when he stopped on a rural road outside Cincinnati.
Shiffer, 42, was fatally shot by police after raising a gun, authorities said.
Citing a relative who declined to be identified, the post office reported that Shiffer was the eldest of four children. Her father was a mechanic and her mother worked for an insurance company.
After graduating from high school in Perry County, Shiffer left the small family farm to join the United States Navy, where he served as a fire control specialist aboard a submarine.
Shiffer was a prolific poster on former President Donald Trump’s social media site, Truth Social, where he called for “all-out war” after the FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on Monday.
Several news agencies reported that an account bearing Shiffer’s name had more than 300 posts on the site, including incitement to violence against the FBI. It emerged that Shiffer published an article about his attempt to break through the bulletproof glass of the FBI office right after the incident.
“If you haven’t heard from me, it’s true that I tried to attack the FBI,” the post said.