Terre Haute police officer fatally shot outside federal building

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A veteran police detective was fatally shot Wednesday when he was ambushed near FBI offices in Terre Haute, according to federal officials.

Sgt. Ryan Adamson of the Terre Haute Police Department identified the officer as 30-year veteran Detective Greg Ferency. Ferency had been a federal task force officer since 2010, the FBI said in a statement.

“An FBI agent shot and wounded the suspect who is currently in custody receiving medical attention at a local hospital,” the FBI said in a statement late Wednesday that also indicated Ferency was “ambushed” at the FBI Indianapolis Resident Agency.

Greg Ferency

The shooting incident is under investigation by the FBI’s Inspection Division, according to authorities.

“The review process is thorough and objective and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances,” The FBI said in the statement. ”The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously.”

The shooting of Ferency occurred outside a federal office building behind the Vigo County Courthouse, according to authorities.

“Please keep the Ferency family in your prayers,” Adamson said in a Facebook posting. “Thank you for all of the kind emails, posts, and calls. It is truly appreciated.”

Law enforcement officials said the suspect underwent surgery at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute. The name of the suspect hasn’t been released because charges hadn’t been filed.

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  • Praying for the Ferency family.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Thu, Jul 8, 2021, at 10:33 AM
  • Until law enforcement is once again allowed to enforce the law, we will continue to see this total disregard for the lives of others along with no thought given to whether or not it is a lawful act that has taken place. The police officers, from the FBI down to the local constables must be supported and backed with the best equipment and training available as well as adequate compensation for a job as dangerous as theirs. Behavioral patterns are based on either fear of punishment or hope for reward. The present atmosphere in which we find ourselves offers little or no fear of punishment, but rather criminals are rewarded by going free on the streets, giving them opportunities to commit other crimes. Stronger support for our thin blue line is critical to our getting cities and towns to be safer places to live and raise our families! God bless the Ferency family!

    -- Posted by vincenteunice46 on Thu, Jul 8, 2021, at 3:41 PM
  • While I don’t disagree with the above statement, is not wholly relevant to the specifics of this tragedy. The suspect is a former prison worker and one time mayoral candidate, who seemingly just snapped. If we want to address gun violence in this country we need to do more on the mental health component. Thoughts and prayers to the Ferency family and the THPD, it is never easy.

    -- Posted by Koios on Thu, Jul 8, 2021, at 5:47 PM
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