Gunman who attacked FBI Cincinnati office was Navy veteran, Trump devotee
- A gunman attacked FBI Cincinnati office on Thursday
- The gunman was a Navy veteran and devoted to Donald Trump
- He also had a speeding record
The gunman who attacked Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cincinnati field office and was eventually shot dead Thursday was a Navy veteran and devoted to Donald Trump, sources revealed Friday, NBC News reported.
Ricky Walter Shiffer told a Minnesota police officer said, “I have a lead foot,” after he was caught going 50 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour in red Ford Mustang, according to a speeding ticket obtained by NBC News in collaboration with The Fargo Forum newspaper.
The incident happened in February 2004 and Shiffer at the time was living in St. Cloud, Minnesota, as per the ticket – one of several he accumulated before and after he was discharged from the Navy in 2003. Recently, Shiffer had been living in Omaha, Nebraska, and was on the FBI’s radar after they learned at the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
“The FBI previously received information about Ricky Shiffer, the individual who attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at the FBI Cincinnati Field Office on August 11, 2022,” the FBI said in a statement on Friday.
“The information did not contain a specific and credible threat. However, multiple field office made attempts to locate and interview Shiffer which were unsuccessful,” he said.
The 42-year-old Shiffer when he died Thursday after a standoff with pursuing police officers, enlisted in the Navy in June 1998 and underwent 10 months of training before being assigned to the USS Columbia. “Shiffer had to be eligible for top-secret clearance in his job as an E-5,” a Navy spokesperson told NBC News.
Shiffer’s most serious run-in with the law prior to Thursday came in July, 2003, when he was arrested by the Moorhead, Minnesota police and charged with “obstructing legal process,” a misdemeanor to which pleaded guilty a month later, according to records.