‘Mentally disturbed man was wielding a sword’ when he was fatally shot by the FBI after telling agents he had a BOMB when he was stopped while trying to drive past CIA checkpoint into the agency’s headquarters
- Roy Gordon Cole died following the incident outside the gates of the CIA’s HQ on Monday
- CIA security officers were said to have been negotiating with Cole while he remained in his car for several hours
- FBI agents reportedly shot him after he got out the car and brandished a weapon
- Cole suffered from apparent mental illness and was previously known to CIA security, according to reports
A ‘mentally ill’ man who tried to drive through a CIA checkpoint was wielding a sword at FBI agents and even claimed he had a bomb after they stopped him from entering the agency’s Washington DC headquarters, an FBI source claims.
Roy Gordon Cole was shot at around 6pm on Monday evening after a hours-long stand off with the FBI agents outside the gates of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia. He was rushed to hospital but died of his injuries the next day.
Cole, who suffered from mental illness, was already known to the CIA’s security team because he had tried to drive into its heavily guarded facility before, according to NBC News.
Security, police and FBI agents spent hours talking and negotiating with him as he sat inside his car at the gates.
But when Cole got out of his car, claiming he had a bomb on him, and wielding a sword, agents opened fire, an FBI source told ABC7.
A search of the suspect and his car later showed there was no bomb.
The FBI announced Cole’s death at 12:37pm Tuesday. The shooting remains under investigation.
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Roy Gordon Cole was shot at around 6pm on Monday evening after a hours-long stand off with the FBI agents outside the gates of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia.. Law enforcement officers guard near the entrance to the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after a security incident in Langley, Virginia on Monday afternoon
The main entrance to the CIA complex is well guarded through a system of gates and checkpoints
Roy Gordon Cole attempted to drive into the CIA headquarters campus in Langley, Virginia, without access and was stopped by armed guards who run the gates
A statement from the Bureau on Monday said: ‘The FBI is reviewing an agent-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 6pm on Monday.
‘An individual involved in a security incident outside the CIA HQ emerged from his vehicle with a weapon and was engaged by law enforcement officers.
‘The subject was wounded and has been transported to hospital for medical attention.’
They later updated the statement to confirm he had died.
Agents from the bureau came on scene following a report of suspicious vehicles in the area.
Cole is said to have attempted to drive into the CIA grounds without any ID where he was quickly apprehended by armed guards, who control the access gates to the complex.
The main CIA buildings are set well back from the nearby roadway.
Officers from the Fairfax County Police were on site managing traffic around the heavily guarded main entrance to the agency, about 10 miles from Washington D.C.
Officials from the FBI and the Fairfax County Police Department have all been involved in securing the facility
Dolley Madison Boulevard is blocked off by law enforcement in response to a security-related situation outside of the secure perimeter near the main gate of CIA headquarters in Virginia
One law enforcement source told NBC News CIA security officers had attempted to negotiate with Cole to get back in his vehicle.
‘In coordination with our local law enforcement partners, we are 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’, an agency spokeswoman said earlier on.
Officers from the Fairfax County Police were also on site managing traffic around the heavily guarded main entrance to the agency, about 10 miles from Washington D.C.
The CIA has been the target of attacks in the past.
In 1993, a Pakistani man killed two CIA employees and wounded three others as they sat in their cars outside the main entrance.
Mir Aimal Kasi was on the run for four years before he was arrested, brought back to the U.S. tried and convicted. He was executed in 2002.
Other high profile sites around the nation’s capital are often on high alert.
In April, a U.S. Capitol police officer was killed and a second was injured after a suspect rammed a barrier.