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Man Arrested After Ramming Into Barrier At FBI Office

Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting 

A man has been arrested after he allegedly rammed into a barrier at the FBI office in Atlanta.

According to FBI officials, the incident happened just after noon on Monday when the driver of a Buick Encore with South Carolina license plates tried to follow an employee’s car through a gated entrance.Screenshot 20240402 200506 1

FBI spokesperson Tony Thomas, in a statement, said the entrance’s pop-up wedge barrier engaged, as it does after every vehicle passes through, and the suspect rammed into it, destroying his car.

The man then got out of his SUV and tried to run inside past the gate, but he was tackled soon after.

“Several of our special agents who were passing by apprehended him.

“He was not associated with this facility,” the bureau’s assistant special agent in charge of the Atlanta office, Peter Ellis, said.

A bomb squad and a search team checked the vehicle as a precaution, which was cleared.

Stonix News learnt that no weapons were found in the vehicle.

As of the time of filing this report, officials had not identified the suspect.

Ellis said the man was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Man Arrested After Ramming Into Barrier At FBI Office

Motive for the incident is not yet clear, the FBI said. Officials are considering filing state and federal charges.

Ellis said agents are subjected to ongoing training to prepare for such a scenario and had trained on the topic recently.


Pop-up wedge barriers are widely deployed at federal facilities such as military bases and FBI offices.

When needed, the cheese-like steel triangles can raise so one surface or its bollard-like forms face a potential intruder at a vehicle-stopping height.

They’re often rated by federal entities for their ability to stop vehicles based on their weight and speed upon potential impact.

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