FBI agents shot and killed Roy Gordon Cole outside the CIA headquarters in Virginia. On May 3, 2021, a shooting occurred near the Central Intelligence Agency’s gates in Langley.
According to a statement issued to The Washington Post by the Northern District of Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Cole died of gunshot wounds to the “torso and upper extremities.”
According to The Washington Post, the autopsy report’s statement did not disclose how many times Cole was shot. According to the publication, death has ruled a homicide.
His age is unknown.
Man Shot By FBI Outside Full Details
The shooting happened about 6 p.m. outside the CIA’s Langley headquarters, according to the FBI’s Washington Field Office in a statement posted to Twitter. McLean, Virginia includes Langley. Cole, according to the FBI, “emerged from his vehicle with a weapon,” and “was engaged by law enforcement officers.”
Cole was shot by FBI agents and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the FBI, “The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously,” the FBI said in a statement, “The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”
According to an FBI release, the shooting is being investigated. In a statement to CNN, the CIA said, “Our compound remains secured, and our Security Protective Officers working the incident are the only Agency personnel directly involved.”
Cole was armed, according to the FBI, but they did not specify what kind of weapon he had.
Cole was reportedly wielding a sword when he exited his car at the CIA entrance, according to NBC News. Authorities told the news network that they were worried about a bomb in the car, but no bombs were discovered. NBC Washington wrote, “After a long effort to get him to move, Cole got out of the car claiming to be carrying a bomb and holding something that looked like it might be a device, and the FBI shot him, the official said. No explosives were found, the official said.”
Cole Had Mental Illness
Cole was known to the CIA, according to NBC News, and had been involved in at least one prior incident at the agency’s Virginia headquarters. The incident’s details, including when it happened, were kept under wraps.
NBC News wrote, “The man, Roy Gordon Cole, was known to the CIA because he had tried to drive into its heavily guarded facility before, officials said, adding that there were questions about his mental state.”
NBC Washington wrote, “Cole was known to the CIA, either because he tried to get into headquarters before or had frequent contact with the CIA, the official said.”
Jonathan Dienst, WNBC’s Chief Investigative Reporter, tweeted,
Law enforcement officials say the armed man shot outside CIA HQ yesterday has been identified as Roy Gordon Cole – a man with an apparent history of mental illness who was known to CIA security.