The lone gunman to attack the FBI office was a Navy vet who was speeding and dedicated to Donald Trump

Pro-Trump gunman who was shot by Ohio police on Thursday after attacking the FBI’s Cincinnati field office with a nail gun There was a Navy veteran with top-secret clearance who had worked on submarines and apparently had a need for speed, records and sources that surfaced on Friday.

“I have a dominant leg,” Ricky Walter Schiffer told a Minnesota police officer as he was going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone in his red Ford Mustang, in collaboration with NBC News According to a speeding ticket received fargo forum Newspaper.

He was in February 2004 and living in St. Cloud, Minnesota, according to the Schiffer ticket – one of several submitted before and after being discharged from the Navy in 2003.

In recent months, Schiffer was living in Omaha, Nebraska, and was on the radar of the FBI when he learned he was involved in the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots.

The FBI Evidence Response Team collects evidence at the FBI Building in Cincinnati on Thursday.
The FBI Evidence Response Team collects evidence at the FBI Building in Cincinnati on Thursday.wwt

“The FBI previously received information about Ricky Schiffer, who attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at the FBI Cincinnati Field Office on August 11, 2022,” the FBI said in a statement released Friday. and credible threat. However, several field offices attempted to locate and interview Schiffer which were unsuccessful.”

Schiffer, who was 42 when he died Thursday after a standoff with police officers, enlisted in the Navy in June 1998 and underwent 10 months of training before being assigned to the USS Columbia. His job was to oversee the electronic equipment associated with weapons such as missiles and torpedoes.

“Schiffer had to be eligible for top-secret clearance in his job as an E-5,” a Navy spokesman told NBC News.

After leaving the Navy after serving five years, Schiffer moved from state to state, records show.

Along the way, Schiffer managed to rack up speeding tickets in Ohio, Hawaii and Florida, as well as other traffic offenses in Virginia, records show.

But Schiffer’s most serious run-in with the law before Thursday came in July 2003, when he was arrested by Moorhead, Minnesota police and charged with “obstructing legal process,” a crime for which he served a month. After convicted, the records show .

It was not immediately clear what happened in that case because that police record had been erased and the Moorhead police chief did not respond to emails from NBC News seeking access to information on the arrest.

From 2017 to 2020, records show that Schiffer lived in an apartment building near downtown Columbus, Ohio. A former neighbor described him as friendly but also “a little out of place”.

Ian McConnell said, “He was a little angry about his car, but who doesn’t.” Cincinnati Enquirer,

A Pennsylvania native, Schiffer was registered as a Republican wherever he lived, records show. He was not married or had children. But he was a devoted follower of former President Donald Trump.

NBC News reported On Thursday, Schiffer was at the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021, although it was unclear whether he was part of the mob that tore down the building. However, he posted frequently on social media about how he was in Washington, DC that day.

And on Thursday, after trying and failing to get inside the FBI building in Cincinnati, Schiffer apparently confessed to the crime on Truth Social, a social media platform founded by Trump’s media company.

“Okay, I thought I had a way through bullet proof glass, and I didn’t,” account @RickyWShifferJr wrote at 9:29 a.m. ET, shortly after police alleged the shooting. “If you don’t hear from me, it’s true that I tried to attack the FBI, and that would mean either I was taken off the Internet, the FBI caught me, or they sent the regular police.”

Schiffer was clearly outraged after the FBI seized more than a dozen boxes of classified documents from Trump’s residence in Palm Beach, Florida, earlier this week.

“We must not tolerate this,” he wrote.

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