Shane Meehan who is a father of three and former Terre Haute federal prison employee ran for mayor in 2019 after retiring early from the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute.
Shane Meehan has been charged with the murder of a federal agent after shooting Terre Haute Police Detective Gregory Ferency in an “ambush” on Wednesday afternoon.
Detective Ferency had worked as an officer on the FBI task force for a decade.
Prosecutors allege that Shane, guarded the FBI’s Indianapolis Residents Agency building before launching the improvised explosive.
Shane Meehan Age
Shane Meehan is 45 years old.
Shane Meehan Charges
Shane was charged with the premeditated murder of a federal agent.
FBI said in a statement “ If Shane is convicted, he could face life in prison”.
Authorities said Shane was in custody and hospitalized on Thursday, recovering from the gunshot wounds he sustained during the ambush.
When Detective Ferency, who is a 30-year veteran police officer, left the building to respond, Shane allegedly shot him. Then another officer shot Shane.
US Attorney John E. Childress said in a statement that “An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all of us”. “
John E. Childress also said “The selfless dedication exhibited by Detective Ferency throughout his career and his tragic death is another example of why we all owe our respect and gratitude to members of law enforcement”.
Shane said that gun violence in schools was a major threat to American youth in an interview with Wabash Valley.
A spokesperson for the Terre Haute Police Department also confirmed that Shane had previously run in the last mayoral election.
Authorities have not yet detailed why Shane opened fire on Wednesday,
“Shane got out of his truck, moved around his vehicle in readiness, and threw a Molotov Cocktail (an incendiary device) at Terre Haute RA building,” stating that Detective Ferency left the building shortly thereafter.
With a pistol in his right hand, Shane allegedly shot Detective Ferency, who attempted to return fire. FBI Special Agent Ryan Lindgren rushed out of the building to help, engaged Meehan “in a gunfight” and shot him twice.
Despite being shot, Shane got into his truck and fled the Terre Haute RA building noting that officials eventually found him at a local hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries. Detective Ferency was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shane Meehan Investigation
Investigation later found a semi-automatic pistol inside Shane’s truck, which was loaded with a bullet in the breach. “Two additional rounds of 45 caliber ammunition were found in the front seat area of the Ford F-150.
3 Molotov cocktails, 2 empty boxes of .45 caliber Hornaday critical duty ammunition, and an additional magazine for firearms were also found in Shane’s truck
Shane now faces life in prison. It was not immediately clear whether he had retained an attorney and his family did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.