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

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‘Mentally disturbed’ gunman trying to drive into CIA headquarters dies of injuries after shot by FBI agents

  • Roy Gordon Cole died outside the gates of CIA headquarters on Monday after the incident
  • CIA security officers are said to have negotiated with Cole while he was in his car for several hours
  • FBI agents reportedly shot him after he got out of the car and brandished a weapon
  • Cole was suffering from an apparent mental illness and was previously known to CIA security, according to reports

A “mentally ill” man is dead after trying to drive through a security checkpoint to CIA headquarters and waving a gun before being shot by FBI agents.

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

He was gunned down by FBI agents around 6 p.m. that day after hours of stalemate outside the gates of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

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

CIA security allegedly spent hours negotiating with Cole, who was armed, before getting out of his car with his gun.

FBI agents, responding on the spot to handle a “security incident,” shot Cole and took him to a nearby hospital.

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

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Law enforcement officers guard at the entrance to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters after a security incident in Langley, Virginia on Monday afternoon

Law enforcement officers guard at the entrance to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters after a security incident in Langley, Virginia on Monday afternoon

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

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

Roy Gordon Cole attempted to drive into the campus of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia without entry and was stopped by armed guards running through the gates

Roy Gordon Cole attempted to drive into the campus of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia without entry and was stopped by armed guards running through the gates

A statement from the Bureau read: “ The FBI is investigating a shooting involving an agent that took place at approximately 6:00 pm on Monday.

A person involved in a security incident outside CIA headquarters came out of his vehicle with a weapon and was arrested by law enforcement officials.

“The patient was injured and was taken to hospital for medical attention.”

They later updated the statement to confirm that he had passed away.

Bureau agents arrived on the scene after a report of suspicious vehicles in the area.

Cole is said to have attempted to drive into the CIA premises without ID, where he was quickly stopped by armed guards, who check the entrance gates to the complex.

The main CIA buildings are far from the nearby roadway.

Fairfax County Police Department officers were on site to manage traffic around the agency's high-security main gate, about 10 miles from Washington DC

Fairfax County Police Department officers were on site to manage traffic around the agency’s high-security main gate, about 10 miles from Washington DC

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

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

Dolley Madison Boulevard is blocked by law enforcement in response to a security-related situation outside the secure perimeter at the main entrance to the CIA headquarters in Virginia

Dolley Madison Boulevard is blocked by law enforcement in response to a security-related situation outside the secure perimeter at the main entrance to the CIA headquarters in Virginia

A law enforcement source said NBC News CIA security had tried to negotiate with Cole to get back into his car.

Working with our local law enforcement partners, we are addressing a security situation just outside the secure perimeter of the CIA headquarters at our main gate.

“Our compound remains secure and our security officers involved in the incident are the only agency personnel directly involved,” an agency spokeswoman said earlier.

Fairfax County Police Department officers were also on hand to manage traffic around the agency’s high-security main gate, about 10 miles from Washington DC

The CIA has been the target of attacks in the past.

In 1993, a Pakistani man killed two CIA employees and injured three others while sitting in their car outside the main gate.

Mir Aimal Kasi was on the run for four years before being arrested, tried and sentenced back to the US. He was executed in 2002.

Other high-profile sites in the country’s capital are often on the alert.

In April, a Capitol police officer was killed and a second injured after a suspect rammed into a barrier.

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