Terre Haute, Indiana — FBI Task Force Officer and Longtime Detective Deadly shot on Wednesday in what authorities called an “ambush” Outside the federal building.
According to FBI agents, the shooter shot dead Greg Ferency, a 30-year veteran detective at the Terre Haute police station, after arriving outside the building and waiting. It’s unclear if Ferenzi was targeted or if the suspect shot by the FBI agent intended to harm law enforcement in general.
Ferenzi was a beloved and respected member of the Terre Haute police station, a colleague said at a press conference Thursday. He was also the father of two adult children.
“You will never meet a better person,” said Sean Keane, Terre Haute Police Chief. “He was a wonderful person. Not enough.”
In a statement Wednesday, the FBI said Ferenzi was “ambushed and deadly shot.” The FBI will lead the shooting investigation. FBI special agent Paul Keenan said agents heard gunshots, intervened, and shot dead suspects detained in hospitals.
Investigators were unable to obtain a statement from the shooter due to the suspect’s injury. Authorities refused to identify the pending charges of the suspect being charged. These charges can occur as soon as Thursday.
Keane said he had known Ferenzi for over 20 years. He said the two were neighbors before the chief joined the police.
“I didn’t do anything he didn’t put in 100%,” Keane said.
Ferenzi has been “an important member of our FBI family” since 2010, Keenan said.
Ferenzi was first assigned to the Safe Street Task Force to investigate gangsters and violent crimes, Keenan said. Ferenzi later worked on the FBI’s Joint Counter-Terrorism Task Force.
“They are everything here and have to deal with the upcoming federal crimes,” Keenan said of Terre Haute’s Task Force officer.
Governor Eric Holcomb called the case a “tragic event” and “meaningless” in a statement Wednesday.
“It’s heartbreaking to detective Greg Ferenzi’s family, his loved ones, and the people who served with him every day to protect the inhabitants of the Wabash Valley,” Holcomb’s statement said.
Exactly three years ago, 16-year-old Terre Haute police officer Robpitz died on duty after being shot by a murder suspect. Seven years earlier, Terre Haute police officer Brentlong was killed while serving as an arrest warrant for the US Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.
This article was originally published in The Indianapolis Star: Members of the Indiana FBI Task Force were deadly shot in an “ambush”