An armed man, who also claimed he had a bomb in his vehicle, was shot outside CIA headquarters in Virginia Monday, according to reports and FBI officials.
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was wounded in an FBI agent-involved shooting at about 6 p.m. Monday after an hours-long standoff outside the headquarters in McLean, the FBI’s Washington field office said.
The man allegedly drove up to the gates of the CIA building that morning and made statements indicating he had a bomb in his vehicle, CNN reported, citing sources close to the matter.
Law enforcement sources also told NBC News the suspect tried to drive into CIA headquarters and brandished a gun before being shot by FBI agents.
One source said the man — who is mentally disturbed and tried previously to breach the CIA’s campus — claimed to have explosives, but authorities have not confirmed whether he did, NBC News reported.
A CIA spokesman told CNN in a statement earlier Monday its compound “remains secured and that its Security Protective Officers were the only agency personnel directly involving the incident.
The man was taken to a hospital for treatment following the gunfire. His condition was not immediately clear and FBI officials did not describe the weapon he was allegedly carrying.
“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously,” the Washington field office said in a statement. “The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”
A message seeking comment from the FBI’s Washington field office was not immediately returned early Tuesday.