Armed man shot after shutting down outside CIA headquarters in Virginia

An armed man was shot dead by FBI agents Monday after a several-hour break at the entrance to CIA headquarters, the federal investigating authority said.

The unidentified person was prevented from driving past the original gate into the CIA’s vast wooded compound just outside Washington early Monday afternoon.

Security personnel have reportedly tried to negotiate with the person to give up for several hours.

The FBI said in a statement that the individual “got out of his vehicle with a weapon and was engaged by police.”

“The substance was damaged and has been transported to a medical hospital.”

Earlier, a CIA spokesman said they were aware of the situation outside the safe perimeter of the facility, several hundred meters from the agency’s main building.

“Our association remains protected and our safety representatives working on the incident are the only agency staff directly involved,” they said.

Security has increased in recent years at the CIA, located in Langley, Virginia just off a busy road.

In 1993, a Pakistani man, Mir Aimal Kansi, shot dead two agency workers and injured three others while sitting in their cars waiting at a traffic light to join the association.

Kansi fled back to Pakistan and was not found and arrested until four years later. He was extradited to the United States, where he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was executed in 2002.

(AFP)