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Intruder tries to drive car through CIA headquarters entrance

Aerial view of CIA headquarters Langley, Virginia. (Carol M. Highsmith/Library of Congress)
May 03, 2021

An intruder attempted to drive into the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters facility in Langley, Virginia, Monday, according to a Fairfax County police spokesman.

NBC News reported that two law enforcement officers said the intruder tried driving into the building but was stopped by armed guards. The security threat is ongoing and is being manage by the agency’s guard force.

“In coordination with our local law enforcement partners, we are addressing a security situation just outside the secure perimeter of CIA Headquarters by our main gate on Route 123,” a CIA spokesperson said, according to ABC 7. “Our compound remains secured, and our Security Protective Officers working the incident are the only Agency personnel directly involved.” 

According to one official familiar with the situation, no shots have been fired. Officials are reportedly negotiating with the attacker, who is still in his or her vehicle.  

It is not known if any agency personnel were injured in the attack.

Local police are assisting with the situation, managing traffic hear the building’s heavily guarded main entrance, the spokesman said.

A reporter with WRC-TV said there is a significant amount of law enforcement activity near the complex’s security gates.

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

ABC7 News reported that a temporary flight restriction has been put in place around the facility.

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, according to sources familiar with the investigation who spoke with Politico late Thursday.

Those targeted with the suspected directed energy weapon attack exhibited flu-like symptoms that have come to be known as “Havana Syndrome” after the first reported incident in Cuba.

It was unclear which federal agency was targeted in the Miami attack. Representatives for the NSC, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined Politico requests for comment about the Miami incident.

According to the official Twitter account for the Washington FBI, an agent-involved shooting that occurred outside CIA headquarters Monday is under review.

“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 agency tweeted.

“The subject was wounded & has been transported to a hospital for medical attention. The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously.”