The man accused of killing a police officer does not face the death penalty

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – Federal prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty for an Indiana man accused of fatally shooting a Terre Haute police detective who was also an FBI task force officer.

The notice that the government would not seek the death penalty against Shane Meehan was filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana by U.S. Attorney Zachary Myers, the Tribune-Star reported.

Instead, Meehan would face life imprisonment if convicted.

Meehan’s lawyers have said they don’t believe he qualifies for the death penalty and told the court last month they had submitted 1,500 pages of medical records to show his medical condition. His lawyers called his condition “brain damage and mental illness..”

Officer Greg Ferency was 53 and the father of 18-year-old twins when he was killed on July 7, 2021 in Terre Hautea city located about 113 kilometers west of Indianapolis.

Authorities allege Meehan threw a Molotov cocktail at an FBI office and then shot the officer as he exited the building. Both Ferency and an FBI agent shot Meehan, wounding him in the ambush, authorities said.

Ferency was a 30-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department and he was also a federal task force officer.

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