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Man who tried to drive into CIA headquarters ‘has a history of mental illness’

‘Mentally disturbed’ armed man who tried to drive into CIA headquarters dies from his injuries after being shot by FBI agents

  • Roy Gordon Cole, was identified as the suspect involved in the incident Tuesday 
  • He suffered from apparent mental illness and was previously known to CIA security, according to reports 
  • 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 

A ‘mentally ill’ man is dead after he tried to drive through a security checkpoint into the CIA’s headquarters and brandished a gun before being shot by FBI agents. 

Roy Gordon Cole died after being transported to a nearby hospital on Monday evening.

He was shot by FBI agents at around 6pm that day following an hours-long standoff outside the gates of the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia.

Cole suffered from mental illness and was already known to the CIA’s security team, according to reports.

CIA security were said to have been negotiating for hours with Cole, who was armed, before he got out of his car with his gun.

FBI agents, who were responding to the scene to deal with a ‘security incident’, shot Cole, transported him to a nearby hospital.

The suspect was identified as Cole on Tuesday – who reportedly suffered from mental illness and who had been previously known to CIA security, according to news reports. 

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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

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

The main entrance to the CIA complex is well guarded through a system of gates and checkpoints

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

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

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 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.’

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.

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.

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

Officials from the FBI and the Fairfax County Police Department have all been involved in securing the facility

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

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

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.


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