The man killed by police Thursday after he tried to breach a Cincinnati-area FBI office was a native of Perry County.
Police said Ricky W. Shiffer, 42, fled the scene of the failed break-in traveling north on Interstate 71 in a white Ford Crown Victoria. After a car chase where shots were fired, Shiffer was shot and killed by authorities in Clinton County, Ohio, after a standoff that lasted hours.
Shiffer’s identify was confirmed Friday by Ohio state police.
PennLive made contact with some members of Shiffer’s family Friday evening and they declined comment.
But another relative did grant an interview earlier in the day to The Washington Post. It reported that Shiffer was the oldest of four siblings and grew up on a small family farm in Perry County. His father worked as a farmer and diesel mechanic, and his mother as an insurance company employee, said the family member who did not want to give his name due to the sensitivity of the matter.
Susquenita School District told PennLive Friday that Shiffer attended schools there from 1995 through 1997, but he apparently graduated from neighboring West Perry High School in 1998, according to information obtained by the Associated Press.
Shiffer left the farm shortly after he graduated from high school to enlist in the Navy, the relative told the Post. According to voter registration and other records examined by PennLive, Shiffer did not maintain a residence in Pennsylvania after joining the Navy.
The Post said Shiffer’s relative remembered him as a “very intelligent but quiet person.
“He had quite a memory on him,” the family member said. “It was full of facts and information when he would talk about something. He knew a lot about farm equipment.”
“He was quiet, maybe a little awkward, but you could tell he was a very smart kid. He had some brainpower,” the family member said.
There are early indications that Shiffer may have been motivated to attack the FBI by the agency’s search of former President Donald J. Trump’s home in Florida earlier this week.
On Truth Social, a social media site started by Trump, an account with Shiffer’s name published a post after the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago telling others to “get whatever you need to be ready for combat.” On Thursday at 9:30 am, he wrote another post that seemed to indicate he was writing after attempting to enter the FBI building.
“Well, I thought I had a way through bulletproof glass, and I didn’t,” he wrote. “If you don’t hear from me, it is true I tried attacking the FBI, and it’ll mean either I was taken off the internet, the FBI got me, or they sent the regular cops.”
Shiffer served in the Navy for five years as a fire control technician aboard the nuclear-powered USS Columbia, according to service records obtained by The Post.
After enlisting in June 1998, he underwent 10 months of training before being assigned to the USS Columbia, where he oversaw electronic equipment associated with weapons such as missiles and torpedoes. The Navy record did not list any individual awards for Shiffer. He left the service in 2003 as a non-commissioned officer.
Shiffer later served for three years in the Florida National Guard as an infantryman, the newspaper reported.
The Columbus Dispatch spoke to neighbors who said he had lived there from 2017 into 2020. He listed a St. Petersburg address in a tax lien filed in June in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio.