A gunman was wounded in a shootout in which an F.B.I. Agent at C.I.A. Headquarters outside of Washington, early Monday night, the F.B.I. said in a statement.
According to the F.B.I. the man got out of his vehicle, was “hired by police officers” and wounded around 6:00 pm. After the episode reported earlier from NBC NewsThe man was taken to a hospital. The hospital was not named.
“The F.B.I. takes seriously any shooting incident involving our agents or task force members, ”Samantha Shero, a public affairs officer for the F.B.I.’s Washington Field Office, said in an email. “The review process is thorough and objective and is carried out as quickly as possible under the circumstances.”
A spokesman for the C.I.A. The agency’s headquarters remained secured and referred questions to the F.B.I., which released limited details. It wasn’t immediately clear whether agents or officers were injured.
The agency’s secure campus in Langley, Virginia has served the agency since 1961. The complex is closed to the general public and only accessible to those with security clearances or by special arrangement. The C.I.A. virtual tours through 32 locations in the complex, from the outdoor cryptos sculpture with an encoded message to a bust of former President George H.W. Bush, who was named C.I.A. Director from January 1976 to January 1977. The complex was named after him in 1999.
A lone driver rammed officers in the Capitol last month as heavy security measures were put in place after the January 6 riot subsided on the premises. One officer died and another was injured.
The episode on Monday at the C.I.A. Headquarters repeated a 1993 shootout on campus when a Pakistani man two C.I.A. Employees who stopped in traffic outside of the agency’s headquarters. The man, Mir Aimal Kasi, who also wounded three others, later said he was angry with C.I.A. Activities in Pakistan and other Islamic nations. He was executed by lethal injection in 2002 after years of evading law enforcement in Pakistan. Virginia has since abolished the death penalty.