TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A federal grand jury in Indianapolis gave an indictment Wednesday charging Shane Meehan for his involvement in the shooting death of former Terre Haute Police Department Det. Greg Ferency, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office.
The charges against Meehan, 45, Terre Haute, include the murder of a federal officer, attempted arson of federal property and using a firearm during a crime of violence causing death, the release said. Meehan was previously charged by a federal criminal complaint filed on July 8, 2021.
According to court documents, on July 7, 2021, Meehan drove his pickup truck to the gate of the FBI resident agency building in Terre Haute. Meehan then exited his truck and threw a Molotov cocktail toward the building.
Shortly after, THPD Detective and FBI Task Force Officer Greg Ferency walked out of the FBI building and was confronted by Meehan, who was holding a firearm. Meehan shot Det. Ferency, who died of his injuries.
“Every day, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers are entrusted to protect the public and uphold equal justice under law, all at the risk of their own lives. As such, the murder of a federal law enforcement officer in the line of duty is an attack against our entire community,” Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, said in the release. “Perpetrators of such crimes must be held accountable. Our thanks and admiration go out to those who selflessly responded to the assault at the Terre Haute FBI resident agency. The Department of Justice extends its heartfelt sympathies to TFO Ferency’s family, friends and colleagues for his tragic death.”
“This indictment is another step forward in bringing resolution to the ambush of Task Force Officer Greg Ferency, who was one of 73 law enforcement officers intentionally killed in the line of duty last year, and one of three of our own FBI family to lose their lives at the hands of others,” FBI Indianapolis Acting Special Agent in Charge Gregory Nelsen, said in the release. “We continue to mourn Greg’s tragic loss and are reminded every day of the ultimate sacrifice he made while serving his community and country. We are committed to a thorough and meticulous investigation to bring resolution to this case and ensure accountability.”
Meehan was arrested on July 7, 2021 and has been ordered detained in the custody of the United States Marshal, pending a trial. He will make his initial appearance on the indictment, the release said, before a United States Magistrate Judge on a date to be determined later.
The murder and firearms charges are capital-eligible offenses, according to the release, which are punishable by lifetime imprisonment or death. Should the Attorney General of the United States determine that the circumstances of the offenses are such that a sentence of death is justified, the law requires that notice be filed with the court at a reasonable time before trial.
The FBI is investigating the case, the release said. THPD and the Indiana State Police also provided assistance.