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Man dies after being shot by FBI agent outside CIA headquarters

The Guardian logo The Guardian 5/4/2021 Guardian staff and agency
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A man has died after he was shot by an FBI agent outside the CIA headquarters in Virginia, authorities said Tuesday.

“The subject involved in the shooting incident outside CIA headquarters at approximately 6pm on Monday May 3 2021 died from his injuries after being transported to the hospital,” the FBI said in a tweet. “The FBI reviews every shooting incident involving an FBI special agent.”

a car driving down a street: Police cars are seen after an FBI agent opened fire on an armed man outside the CIA headquarters gate in Langley, Virginia. © Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images Police cars are seen after an FBI agent opened fire on an armed man outside the CIA headquarters gate in Langley, Virginia.

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


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The agency had previously described the man as armed, and said the incidentwas an “agent-involved shooting”. The suspect “emerged from his vehicle with a weapon and was engaged by law enforcement,” the FBI said in an earlier statement.

The FBI said it was reviewing the incident.

“The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances,” the FBI said.

Several news outlets reported that the shooting followed an “hours-long standoff” with authorities. Officials speaking on condition of anonymity told the Washington Post that the person had pulled up to the CIA security gate hours earlier, and the shooting occurred after lengthy negotiations with him.

The unidentified suspect was taken to a local hospital and was later confirmed to have died.

The CIA said its compound had remained secure, and its security protective officers were “the only agency personnel directly involved” in the incident.

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