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Man charged with 'premeditated murder of a federal agent' in Terre Haute officer's death

Posted at 3:57 PM, Jul 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-08 18:15:43-04

TERRE HAUTE — The 44-year-old man accused of killing a Terre Haute Police Detective outside the FBI building on Wednesday is charged with 'Premeditated Murder of a Federal Agent."

According to court documents, Shane Meehan drove his pickup truck to the gate of the FBI Resident Building, got out, and then threw a Molotov Cocktail at the building. When Terre Haute Police Department Detective and FBI Task Force Officer Gregory Ferency walked out of the building, Meehan confronted him and shot him.

Ferency was able to return fire at Meehan but died from his injuries.

Court documents say an FBI Special Agent ran out of the building after the shots were exchanged and "engaged Meehan in a gun battle." After being shot twice, Meehan was able to get into his truck and drove from the scene.

READ | Terre Haute Officer ambushed, killed outside FBI building

Meehan was later located at the Vigo County Regional Hospital where he was treated for his gunshot wounds. A firearm was recovered in his truck, along with three additional Molotov Cocktails and additional ammunition, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

Detective Greg Ferency was a 30 year veteran of the department, according to Terre Haute police. Ferency has also been a member of an FBI Task Force since 2010.

Terre Haute Police Department Detective Greg Ferency

“An attack on law enforcement is an attack on us all, said Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Childress. “As citizens of this county, we enjoy on a daily basis the security and protection provided by the men and women of law enforcement. That security and protection are all the more precious because it is at times paid for with the lives of those who have chosen to protect us. The selfless dedication exhibited by Detective Ferency throughout his career and his tragic death yesterday is yet another example of why we all owe our respect and gratitude to the members of law enforcement. On behalf of the Department of Justice, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Detective Ferency’s family and his many colleagues.”

“I want to offer the deepest sympathy of the FBI to the family, friends and colleagues of Detective Ferency. Greg was a valued member of our FBI family and had worked side by side with us as a Task Force Officer since 2010 in our Terre Haute office,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan. “We will work day and night to carefully examine the circumstances of the shooting and we are dedicated to honoring Greg’s memory through a meticulous investigation.”

Meehan is charged with the murder of a federal agent. If convicted, Meehan faces up to life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case.