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CIA HQ armed intruder dies after shot by FBI agent

Aerial view of CIA headquarters Langley, Virginia. (Carol M. Highsmith/Library of Congress)
May 04, 2021

The intruder who attempted to drive into the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters facility in Langley, Va., Monday, has died from injuries sustained from being shot by an FBI agent during the incident, according to a statement from FBI Washington.

“The subject involved in the shooting incident outside CIA Headquarters at approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021, died from his injuries after being transported to the hospital. The FBI reviews every shooting incident involving an FBI special agent,” the agency tweeted.

“The review will carefully examine the circumstances of the shooting and collect all relevant evidence from the scene,” the FBI continued. “As the review remains ongoing, we cannot provide any additional details at this time.”

On Monday, NBC News reported that two law enforcement officers said the intruder tried driving into the building but was stopped by armed guards. No gunshots were initially reported, but an update from the FBI later confirmed shots had been fired.

“FBI is reviewing an agent-involved shooting that occurred at approx. 6 pm on Monday, May 3, 2021. An individual involved in a security incident outside Central Intelligence Agency HQ in McLean, VA, emerged from his vehicle with a weapon & was engaged by law enforcement officers,” the FBI tweeted.

According to the agency, the suspect was wounded and was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Twitter user and photographer Eric Jansen posted images of the heavy police presence in the area on social media, tweeting, “‘Intruder’ stopped at the front gate of CIA headquarters. Allegedly trying to gain access to the facility.”

Another twitter user, journalist Blake Nordstrom, posted additional images on Twitter, including an aerial view showing the layout of the scene.

“Armed man shot by @FBI agents after attempting to drive through @CIA HQ in McLean, VA,” Nordstrom tweeted. “The intruder emerged from his vehicle with a weapon and was engaged by officers.”

The CIA has had increased security around its facilities since 1993 when a Pakistani national killed two agency staffers who were in their cars and wounded three others near the main entrance.

After escaping custody for four years, the individual was ultimately arrested, tried and convicted before being executed in 2002.

The attempted intrusion comes just days after U.S. officials began reportedly looking into a suspected directed energy weapon attack that targeted federal personnel in Miami, Fla. last year, causing them to experience flu-like symptoms. It was unclear which federal agency was targeted in the Miami attack.