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Six In Terre Haute Indicted By Federal Government

The federal government says it is trying to work with local law enforcement to make communities safer for their inhabitants and police officers.

Six people have been indicted on federal charges alleging they were involved in the fatal shooting of Terre Haute Police Officer Brent Long.

Long was killed July 11, 2011, when police entered a house in search of Shaun Seeley, a convicted felon who was suspected of illegal gun possession. Seeley shot Long before taking his own life.

U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett says the case is part of a collaboration with local law enforcement to crack down on illegal firearm use.

“Too many police officers are being targeted and victimized by individuals in our country who have no legal right to possess a firearm.”

Scott Griffy, 40, faces three charges for the unlawful sale and possession of both a firearm and ammunition. Five others are charged with making a material false statement to law enforcement.

Officer Long’s family thanked investigators for pursuing the case.

“July 11 was a very hard day for all of us,” Long’s wife Danielle Long said, “but thanks to the community and everyone involved, it’s made it a little bit easier.”

A total of 117 law enforcement officers nationwide have been killed in the line of duty this year.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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