Federal and state authorities were looking for an armed man who tried to break into an F.B.I. building in Cincinnati on Thursday morning and then fled about 50 miles north on Interstate 71, where he exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officials, the authorities said.
The incident took place around 9 a.m., when a man tried to enter the agency’s visitor screening facility, Todd Lindgren, a spokesman for the F.B.I. in Cincinnati, said in a statement.
An alarm was set off and agents responded, Mr. Lindgren said. The man then fled north on Interstate 71, he said.
The F.B.I. said that its agents, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local police departments, were “trying to resolve this critical incident” near Wilmington, Ohio, about 50 miles northeast of Cincinnati.
The man’s identity was not immediately released.
The Emergency Management Agency in Clinton County, which includes Wilmington, said law enforcement officers had “traded shots” with a man dressed in a gray shirt and body armor.
The agency advised residents and businesses in the area to lock their doors and said a lockdown was in effect for an area within a mile radius of the intersection of Smith Road and Center Road, about a mile from Interstate 71. In an update just after 12:30 p.m., the agency said the gunman had not been taken into custody, but was “contained.”
The interstate was closed in both directions between the U.S. 68 exit and the State Route 73 exit to the south, the agency said. State Route 73 was also closed between Mitchell Road and State Route 380.
The Ohio Department of Transportation advised people in Clinton County to remain in place and to use alternative routes if they needed to travel between Cincinnati and Columbus.
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