TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A seasoned Indiana constabulary serviceman who was killed successful an ambush extracurricular of an FBI tract office past week was a valued subordinate of an FBI task unit for much than a decade, the agency’s manager said astatine the officer’s ceremonial Tuesday.
Terre Haute constabulary Detective Greg Ferency worked connected investigations ranging from drugs to counterterrorism during his 11 years connected the task force, FBI Director Christopher Wray told hundreds of constabulary officers and different mourners astatine Indiana State University’s Hulman Center hoops arena.
“To his FBI teammates, Greg was ‘the guy,’” Wray said. “He did immoderate needed to beryllium done. Never said no. He always, ever had your back.”
Ferency, 53, was killed past Wednesday aft a antheral threw a Molotov cocktail astatine an FBI bureau successful the metropolis astir 70 miles (113 kilometers) westbound of Indianapolis and past changeable the serviceman arsenic helium emerged from the building, authorities said. The 30-year constabulary seasoned and an FBI cause some fired connected the attacker, wounding him.
Local and national instrumentality enforcement officers from passim Indiana and different states filed past Ferency’s flag-draped casket arsenic the ceremonial began. A procession with hundreds of constabulary vehicles passed nether a ample U.S. emblem suspended betwixt 2 extended occurrence motortruck ladders implicit a metropolis thoroughfare connected its mode to a cemetery for Ferency’s burial.
Colleagues recalled Ferency, who was the begetter of 18-year-old twins, arsenic a gregarious person and an anxious mentor for younger officers.
Police Chief Shawn Keen said helium archetypal met Ferency due to the fact that they lived crossed the thoroughfare from 1 another, and that aft helium joined the department, Ferency helped him retired arsenic a young detective “more times than I tin count.”
“He besides ne'er treated maine similar I was stupid, adjacent erstwhile I was,” Keen said.
The suspected gunman, 44-year-old Shane Meehan, is charged with premeditated execution of a national agent. Investigators haven’t disclosed a imaginable motive for the attack.