Federal agents opened fire on a gunman outside CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., In a standoff lasting several hours on Monday, authorities said.
NBC News, citing two law enforcement officials, reported that an intruder attempted to drive into the CIA premises without having access to it around 6 p.m. ET, and was stopped by armed guards. The CIA’s negotiation with the intruder went on for hours, according to NBC News.
The individual was then shot dead by FBI agents after a standoff, the office confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY and later. posted on twitter.
The FBI said it was investigating the incident.
“The FBI takes seriously all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members,” the statement said. “The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”
The suspect got out of his vehicle with a gun when officers shot him dead, according to the FBI. The unidentified suspect was taken to a local hospital and his condition was not immediately known, the FBI said.
“In coordination with our local law enforcement partners, we are addressing a security situation just outside the secure perimeter of the CIA headquarters near our main gate. Our complex remains secure, and our security guards in charge of the incident are the only Agency personnel directly involved, ”a CIA spokeswoman said in an earlier statement to NBC.
An ambulance had arrived at the scene after a series of violent blows like gunfire, ABC reported.
CIA security protocols intensified after a Pakistani gunned down two CIA employees and injured three others outside the spy agency’s headquarters in 1993.
A US Capitol police officer was killed in April after a man crashed into a car at a security fence near the US Capitol building.