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The account named after the Ohio FBI standoff suspect encouraged violence against the agency in posts on Trump’s social media platform

By on August 12, 2022 0
The message about the attack on the FBI office was released minutes after the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the incident at the FBI office in Cincinnati began, shortly after 9:15 a.m.

“Well, I thought I had a way through the bulletproof glass, and I don’t,” the user said at 9:29 a.m. Thursday on Truth Social, the social media site for Trump. “If you haven’t heard from me, it’s true that I tried to attack the FBI, and that either means I got taken off the internet or the FBI got me, or they sent in the regular cops during that time.”

It’s not clear if the user intended to write more, as the message ends after “while”. At 9:37 a.m., authorities located and began pursuing the suspect’s vehicle, an Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesperson said.

Shiffer, 42, of Columbus, was killed by law enforcement after a vehicle chase and standoff lasting several hours in Clinton County, Ohio, about 45 miles northeast from downtown Cincinnati, authorities said.

He was known to the FBI because he had a connection to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol and also had associates in the Proud Boys, according to two law enforcement sources. The Proud Boys are a far-right group whose leader, along with four other group leaders, were charged with seditious conspiracy in the 2021 attack.

Shiffer’s role in the riot is under investigation, the two sources said. The deadly incident unfolded as Congress gathered to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

Authorities have yet to confirm that the Truth Social account belongs to the suspect killed in Ohio. However, an image on the account matched a government mugshot of the suspect, a law enforcement source told CNN. The FBI declined to comment on the account and its posts, citing its ongoing investigation.

On the account, the user claimed to have been in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, but did not specify if he entered the Capitol. The poster frequently referenced his belief that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

The user communicated to others with the account – which has only been active for the past few weeks – with increasingly politically violent and revolutionary thoughts.

While user pressure for violence has not started or stopped with the FBI’s recent actions, the execution of the bureau’s search warrant earlier this week at Trump’s Florida home marked the beginning of the user’s intense fixation on the violent response towards the agency.

“People, this is it,” the user wrote on Monday, shortly after the search warrant was announced. “I’m hoping a call to arms will come from someone more qualified, but if not, it’s your call to arms from me.” In the post, the user also encouraged people to visit gun and pawn shops to “get everything you need to be battle ready.”

“We must not tolerate this one,” the user wrote.

When another user replied, saying he would send his photo and information to the FBI, the account user with the name Shiffer replied, saying, “Bring them on.”

It is not known whether the information was passed on to the FBI.

“Evil has already won, now we have to fight a civil war to take back the country,” the user wrote on Monday.

On Tuesday, the day after the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, the poster wrote that people were heading to Palm Beach and that if the FBI disperse the group, “kill them.” .

The feds removed documents from Mar-a-Lago in June along with a grand jury subpoena

When another user replied to his post, saying no one should use violence, the account user with the name Shiffer replied, “Why not?”

Account user Shiffer then pushed another message of political violence, saying, “when tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.”

“Remember how Americans deal with bullies,” the user wrote to another user on Wednesday, commenting on the same post.

“They rig the election and get away with it,” the user wrote on Tuesday.

Shiffer himself served in the US Navy from 1998 to June 2003, according to his publishable military records. Aboard a US Navy submarine, he was a fire control technician, responsible for weapons systems.

CNN’s Barbara Starr contributed to this report.