TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WEHT) — A federal grand jury in Indianapolis has returned an indictment Wednesday involving a Terre Haute man for murdering a law enforcement officer. Shane Meehan, 45, is charged with the murder of a federal officer, attempted arson of federal property and using a firearm during a crime of violence causing death.

Law enforcement officials say the charges stem from the July 7, 2021 killing of Terre Haute Police Detective and FBI Task Force Officer Gregory Ferency. 

According to court documents, on July 7, 2021, Meehan drove his pickup truck to the gate of the FBI resident agency building in Terre Haute. Officials say he got out of his truck and threw a Molotov cocktail toward the building. After that, Terre Haute Police Detective and FBI Task Force Officer Gregory Ferency walked out of the FBI building and was confronted by Meehan, who was holding a firearm, documents show. According to the police, Meehan shot Ferency, who died of his injuries. 

“Every day, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers are entrusted to protect the public and uphold equal justice under law, all at the risk of their own lives. As such, the murder of a federal law enforcement officer in the line of duty is an attack against our entire community,” said Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Perpetrators of such crimes must be held accountable. Our thanks and admiration go out to those who selflessly responded to the assault at the Terre Haute FBI resident agency. The Department of Justice extends its heartfelt sympathies to TFO Ferency’s family, friends, and colleagues for his tragic death.”

Sources say Meehan was arrested the day of the murder and has been held in the custody of the United States Marshal, pending trial. His first appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge will happen at a later date.

The murder and firearms charges are punishable by life in prison or death. The Attorney General of the United States determines whether or not a death sentence is justified.

The FBI says it is investigating the case with assistance of the Terre Haute Police Department and the Indiana State Police.