FBI Task Force officer shot and killed in ambush by gunman outside federal building

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(TERRE HAUTE, Ind.) -- An FBI Task Force officer and 30-year police department veteran
was shot and killed in the line of duty after being ambushed outside an FBI building in Indiana, police say.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:15 p.m. local time Wednesday, when FBI Task Force officer Greg Ferency was "ambushed and fatally shot" at the FBI Indianapolis Resident Agency in Terre Haute, Indiana, according to a statement from FBI Indianapolis Special Agent Paul Keenan.

Ferency had been an FBI Task Force officer since 2010 and was a veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department. He is survived by two adult children.

The FBI provided an update into the ambush Thursday morning saying the suspect arrived before Ferency left the building and shot Ferency after he came outside. An agent inside the office heard the shots, came out and fired at the suspect, officials said.

The suspect was able to drive himself to the hospital and underwent surgery at Terre Haute Regional Hospital and was later taken into custody. The suspect is being monitored at the hospital by federal agents, Paul Keenan, Indianapolis special agent in charge, said.

Officials said they can't say if the suspect knew Ferency and they're still looking into a motive. It's not clear if Ferency was specifically targeted.

The suspect won't be named until he's charged, "which is imminent" Keenan said Thursday. Officials said the suspect will face federal charges because the shooting happened on federal property and Ferency was a federal officer.

Search warrants were executed at the suspect's home and vehicle Wednesday and evidence was seized, officials said Thursday. Processing of the crime scene continues today.

"We're used to taking those types of risks as law enforcement officers, all of us are. When we're conducting arrests, doing searches, etc., but to have somebody come, as you say, to our front door and commit this kind of act is a step beyond and affects us all immensely," said Keenan said. "It's a small office, a tight-knit group of people, so it's definitely a difficult situation."

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb called Ferency's death "senseless" in a statement on Twitter.

"The tragic events that unfolded today are senseless. Our heart breaks for Detective Greg Ferency's family, loved ones and those who served with him every day protecting the residents of the Wabash Valley," Holcomb said. "[My wife] and I are thinking of the Terre Haute Police Department, the community and Detective Ferency's family as I know they will be steadfast in honoring his life, service and dedication to the residents of Vigo County."

Indiana Sen. Mike Braun also tweeted about the tragedy and called on the public to keep Ferency's family and colleagues in their prayers.

"Terre Haute PD Officer Greg Ferency was killed today in the line of duty doing what he has done for 30 years: selflessly protecting and serving his community. Please keep his family and fellow officers in your prayers, and all those who wear the badge," said Braun.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch also expressed her condolences in a statement obtained by ABC News' Indianapolis affiliate WRTV.

"I want to send my heartfelt prayers to Terre Haute and Hoosier law enforcement across Indiana, after learning of the violent and careless assault on Terre Haute Police Detective Greg Ferency," said Crouch. "Attacks on the brave men and women who answer the call to be our heroes and protect our citizens and state will not be tolerated. Detective Ferency was an honorable servant, who kept drugs off our streets and partnered with federal authorities to defend Hoosiers and his community. I am keeping Ferency's family and those who worked side by side with him during his 30 years of service in my thoughts as we come together to honor his commitment to making Indiana a safer place."

Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 10:30AM by Jon Haworth andMarlene Lenthang, ABC News Permalink