WASHINGTON — A person who tried to drive into CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on Monday was shot by FBI agents after an hourslong standoff, officials said.
Two law enforcement officials said the intruder tried to drive into the CIA facility without access at about 6 p.m. ET, and was stopped by armed guards who operate a series of gates. CIA security officers had been negotiating with the person and after they repeatedly refused to move, a decision was made to try to push the car out of the way.
A short time later, the person got out of his car and brandished a gun before being shot by FBI agents. One of the officials says the person claimed to have explosives, but law enforcement officials have not said whether he actually did.
According to the two officials, the person is mentally disturbed and one said it someone who has tried repeatedly in the past to get into the CIA campus.
The person, whose identity has not been released, was transported to an area hospital, the FBI said. The extent of their injuries was not known.
“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously. The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances,” the bureau said in a statement.
A CIA spokeswoman said earlier that they were “addressing a security situation just outside the secure perimeter of CIA Headquarters by our main gate. Our compound remains secured, and our Security Protective Officers working the incident are the only Agency personnel directly involved.”
A reporter on the scene from the NBC News station in Washington, D.C., WRC-TV, observed a significant amount of police activity around the security gates to the headquarters complex in a Virginia suburb near Washington, D.C. The buildings themselves are set far back from the gates.
Security around the CIA is taken especially seriously because in 1993, a Pakistani national killed two CIA employees in their cars and wounded three others as they were waiting at a stoplight near that main entrance. Mir Aimal Kasi, also known as Mir Aimal Kansi, fled and was at large for four years before being arrested, returned to the U.S., tried and convicted. He was executed in 2002.
In April, a U.S. Capitol police officer was killed and another injured when a suspect rammed a barrier.