FBI director: Slain Indiana cop did what ‘needed to be done’

Jul 13, 2021, 10:46 AM | Updated: 11:07 pm
Terre Haute Police Det. Greg Ferency gives a presentation during the protecting places of worship f...

Terre Haute Police Det. Greg Ferency gives a presentation during the protecting places of worship forum on April 12, 2019, at St. George's Orthodox Church in Terre Haute, Ind. Ferency, a 30-year department veteran who had been a federal task force officer since 2010, was killed in an ambush shooting outside an FBI office in western Indiana, an FBI official said Thursday, July 8, 2021. (Joseph C. Garza/The Tribune-Star via AP)

(Joseph C. Garza/The Tribune-Star via AP)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A veteran Indiana police officer who was killed in an ambush outside of an FBI office in Terre Haute last week was a valued member of an FBI task force for more than a decade, the agency’s director said at the officer’s funeral Tuesday.

Detective Greg Ferency worked on investigations ranging from drugs to counterterrorism during his 11 years on the task force, FBI Director Christopher Wray told hundreds of police officers and other mourners at Indiana State University’s Hulman Center basketball arena.

“To his FBI teammates, Greg was ‘the guy,'” Wray said. “He did whatever needed to be done. Never said no. He always, always had your back.”

Ferency, 53, was killed last Wednesday after a man threw a Molotov cocktail at an FBI office in the city roughly 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Indianapolis and then shot the officer as he emerged from the building, authorities said. The 30-year police veteran and an FBI agent also fired on the attacker and wounded him.

The suspected gunman, 44-year-old Shane Meehan, is charged with premeditated murder of a federal agent. Investigators haven’t disclosed a possible motive for the attack.

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FBI director: Slain Indiana cop did what ‘needed to be done’