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Man in custody after allegedly smashing the gate of the FBI’s Atlanta office

A man is in custody after allegedly smashing through the gate of the FBI’s Atlanta field office, an official said.

The incident happened early Monday afternoon when a vehicle with South Carolina license plates tried to follow an employee’s car inside the gate, said Tony Thomas, a spokesman for the FBI field office.

The gate’s barrier system activated, as it does after any vehicle passes through it, and the suspect rammed into it, destroying his car, Thomas said.

The man then got out of his vehicle and tried to run inside the gate, but was tackled shortly afterwards. An explosive ordnance disposal unit and a search team checked the vehicle as a precaution, after which it was evacuated.

No weapons were found in the vehicle, Thomas said.

Officials declined to identify the suspect Monday.

The suspect has no known connection to the FBI field office and a motive for the incident was not immediately clear, Thomas said. Officials are considering filing state and federal charges.

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This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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