TERRE HAUTE, IN – An FBI Task Force officer, who was also a 30-year local police department veteran, was “ambushed and fatally shot” in the line of duty, according to officials, right outside of an FBI building.
FBI Task Force officer and 30-year police department veteran shot and killed in the line of duty after being ambushed outside an FBI building in Indiana, police say. https://t.co/E3BGOInV4i
— ABC News (@ABC) July 8, 2021
The slain officer was identified as FBI Task Force Officer Greg Ferency, who had served on the task force since 2010 and also served 30 years with the Terre Haute Police Department, most recently serving as a detective for the department.
According to officials, Officer Ferency was outside of the FBI Indianapolis Resident Agency in Terre Haute when he was ambushed by a yet-to-be-named gunman at approximately 2:15 p.m. on July 7th.
The unnamed gunman was said to have been outside of the building and fired upon Officer Ferency as he was walking out of the FBI building.
Officials say that another FBI agent was inside of the building during the incident and heard the gunfire. The unidentified agent was said to have run outside and opened fire on the assailant, striking him.
Apparently, the alleged gunman had fled the area after the shooting and drove himself to Terre Haute Regional Hospital, where he was said to have undergone surgery and was later placed into custody after his arrival at the hospital.
Details regarding the incident are limited, as authorities are still investigating the matter. A search warrant was reportedly conducted at the suspect’s home, but authorities have not revealed what sort of evidence was obtained through the search warrant.
FBI Indianapolis Special Agent Paul Keenan during his statement on the incident extended condolences to the fallen officer’s loved ones:
“We want to extend our deepest sympathy to TFO Ferency’s family, friends and fellow officers.”
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb took to Twitter to comment on Officer Ferency’s killing, writing the following:
“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.”
“Janet 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.”
Janet 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.
— Governor Eric Holcomb (@GovHolcomb) July 8, 2021
Senator Mike Braun also shared condolences for the fallen officer on Twitter, writing the following:
“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.”
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.https://t.co/Kugq744eQE
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) July 8, 2021
Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch released a statement on the passing of the 30-year law enforcement veteran, commending his service to the community and collaboration with federal authorities during his career:
“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.”
FBI Indianapolis Special Agent Keenan is aware that there are “going to be a lot of questions” regarding this critical incident, but asks that people remain patient as the investigation is conducted:
“There are going to be a lot of questions, as there should be, please don’t speculate on what those answers might be and understand that there could be information out there that’s not completely accurate.”
This is a ongoing investigation.
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Back in June, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report of another officer that was reportedly ambushed, with officials saying that the suspect had expressed “hatred” for law enforcement prior to the fatal shooting in Colorado.
The officer killed was identified as Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley during the June 21st shooting.
A “Good Samaritan” that was identified as John Hurley was said to have fatally shot the suspect, Ronald Troyke, after the suspect gunned down the officer.
A press release the City of Arvada confirmed that Hurley was fatally shot by “one of Arvada’s police officers” during the response to the active shooter incident.
Mayor Marc Williams stated that the incident is being investigated by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Jeffco District Attorney’s office.
Here’s that previous report from June with additional background on the incident.
DENVER, CO – A police officer fatally shot in Olde Town Arvada on the afternoon of June 21st was reportedly targeted in an ambush-style attack because he was wearing his uniform, according to the Arvada Police Department’s chief.
Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley, who was shot and killed today, was a school resource officer at Oberon Middle School. In 2015, we profiled his friendship with a boy who had development disabilities. Officer Beesley would bike to school with him so he'd be safe. #9NEWS #LODD pic.twitter.com/Ng4xJNSc7X
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) June 22, 2021
Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley, a 19-year veteran and school resource officer, was killed in the ambush that also resulted in the death of an innocent bystander who came to the officer’s aid and the shooter, Police Chief Link Strate said in a news briefing on the day following the fatal shooting.
Chief Strate said the suspected shooter, 59-year-old Ronald Troyke, expressed hatred toward law enforcement. Police have found no connection between Officer Beesley and Troyke.
Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley – End Of Watch 6/21/2021 pic.twitter.com/U9h5A1FJBa
— Arvada Police (@ArvadaPolice) June 22, 2021
The Chief said:
“While we yet don’t have all the facts, I can tell you that Gordon was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and a badge.
“Officer Beesley was ambushed by a person who expressed hatred of police officers.”
The bystander killed is being praised as a hero by the police and the public. John Hurley, 40, rushed to the scene of the shooting and shot Troyke with his own personal firearm. Hurley, from Golden, was a “true hero,” according to Chief Strate:
“He was a true hero who likely disrupted what could have been a larger loss of life.”
Arvada Police Officers put out Officer Beesley’s patrol bike and helmet at the growing memorial outside the department. He would often ride alongside students to Oberon Middle School where he was a school resource officer. #9News. pic.twitter.com/N24pouEd0H
— Jon Glasgow (@Glasgow_Reports) June 22, 2021
Officer Beesley volunteered to patrol the Olde Town area, which is in the middle of a popular shopping and entertainment district northwest of Denver because the schools had closed for summer vacation.
At around 1:15 p.m. on June 21st, he responded to a call about a disturbance near the city library. About fifteen minutes into the incident, 911 calls began coming in reporting the shooting.
Hurley, who was shopping for outdoor gear, reportedly heard the shooting of Officer Beesley and ran to help. He drew his own firearm and shot Troyke, killing him.
How Hurley was shot and killed is still being determined.
My heart goes out to the family, friends, and coworkers of Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesely and John Hurley of Golden, who were killed during Monday’s shooting in Olde Town Arvada. pic.twitter.com/dKF7i5wOKn
— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) June 24, 2021
Bill Troyanos was working nearby at the Army Navy Surplus Store and witnessed the incident. He said he heard a shot and looked outside. He saw Hurley rushing toward the plaza while drawing his firearm. Using a brick wall for cover, Hurley took aim. Troyanos said:
“When the gunman came back toward the plaza, that’s when Hurley opened fire on him. I did see him shoot the gunman.”
Troyanos said he did not see Hurley get shot:
“I would like to know how Hurley got shot…
“He did not hesitate; he didn’t stand there and think about it. He totally heard the gunfire, went to the door, saw the shooter and immediately ran in that direction. I just want to make sure his family knows how heroic he was.”
We’re heartbroken for the loss our community and friends at @ArvadaPolice suffered today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s family, to everyone at Arvada Police, and to the other victim’s friends and family. pic.twitter.com/ZKZGbnsjSj
— Arvada Fire Protection District (@ArvadaFire) June 22, 2021
Taylor Garland , a friend of Hurley’s said he always wanted to be a hero:
“What happened feels so true to his character. He always knew he wanted to be the hero if presented with a situation like this.”
— Kelly Reinke (@KellyReinkeTV) June 22, 2021
Police said they are investigating the incident and are trying to answer several questions, including how Hurley was shot:
“We hope in the next few days to have all of this information and we promise to provide that to our citizens.”
A note left behind by Troyke and recovered after the shooting contained threats against Arvada police officers, Detective Dave Snelling told the AP on June 23rd.
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) June 23, 2021
A vigil was held for Officer Beesley on June 22nd. The fallen officer was called by the Chief a true gentleman and kind soul, who always had a smile on his face.
Officer Beesley, a married father of two, was a 19-year veteran of the Arvada department. He served as a school resource officer at Oberon Middle School but was working patrol and motorcycle traffic duty while schools were out. Jefferson County Public Schools issued a statement:
“It is with heavy hearts we send our condolences to the Beesley family and the Arvada Police Department.
“Officer Beesley served as school resource officer … for over 10 years as a deeply valued school and community partner. We honor and thank him for his dedication to our students, school, district, and community. He will be missed.”
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