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FBI shoots, wounds person outside CIA headquarters
WASHINGTON – At least one FBI agent shot and wounded a person outside CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., early Monday evening, the bureau said, asserting that the person emerged from his vehicle with a weapon.
The FBI released few details about the encounter and the person who was shot. In a one-paragraph statement, the bureau said the person had been involved “security incident” outside CIA headquarters before he “emerged from his vehicle with a weapon.” He was taken to the hospital after the shooting for treatment of his wounds, the bureau said.
The bureau did not identify the suspect or detail the nature of his wounds, nor did it describe the weapon it said he was carrying. The shooting occurred at about 6 p.m., the bureau said.
Officials familiar with the matter, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation, said that the person had pulled up to the security gate outside CIA headquarters hours earlier, and that the shooting occurred after lengthy negotiation with him. The FBI said it was reviewing the incident.
“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously,” the bureau said. “The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”
The shooting was first reported by NBC News.
The CIA said in a statement before the shooting that its compound had remained secured, and that its protective officers were “the only Agency personnel directly involved” in the incident. The agency later referred questions to the FBI.
The security perimeter is tight around CIA headquarters, often waylaying drivers who erroneously find their way driving toward the campus.
In 1993, a man who said he was protesting U.S. policies toward Muslims, shot and killed five people outside the facility, then successfully fled to Pakistan and Afghanistan for 4 1/2 years.
The man, Mir Aimal Kasi, was eventually brought back to the United States, convicted and sentenced to death. He was executed by injection in 2002.
The bureau is famously tight-lipped about releasing information when its agents are involved in shootings, and because FBI agents do not generally do street patrols or respond to basic calls for service, they are involved in fewer such incidents than many local police departments.
But agents have been involved in high-profile and sometimes controversial shootings over the years. An FBI agent was charged criminally with lying about firing at a self-styled militia leader who was killed in 2016 in an encounter stemming from a standoff with law enforcement at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. The agent was ultimately acquitted.
Published : May 04, 2021
By : The Washington Post · Matt Zapotosky