A man wearing a shirt that said “F&ck Tha Police” on the front and “Black Lives Matter” on the back fired 17 shots into an IMPD patrol car and a police officer’s home, all while screaming profanities at police.
27-year-old parolee March Eugene Ratney -who was released from prison on June 6th after serving only half of his sentence for a felonious crime involving a weapon- lasted no more than ten days on the outside before the shooting, according to Fox 59.
“Think about this, this is your home,” said IMPD Chief Troy Riggs. “If there is one place in this world where you should always feel safe and your family should feel safe, it is in your home.”
The officer had just returned from work when 17 shots from a 9mm pistol were spewed towards his house, fence and patrol car. A nearby surveillance camera captured images of a fleeing vehicle following the 2AM shooting, which was similar to the car Ratney was stopped in less than a few blocks away.
Ratney denied the shooting, though he cursed at officers and urinated in the interview room, which concluded the interview.
“If we’re going to overcome issues in our community, whether perceived or actual, we’ve got to work together and we can’t tolerate this,” said Riggs. “This officer represents this city and our city was attacked and his family was attacked as a result.”
Two firearms and several casings were found at the shooting scene and in Ratney’s home. The officer who was targeted said he had arrested Ratney on a weapons charge years ago.
IMPD has reported that it recommended the parole be suspended after the June 16th incident.
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