An Indianapolis man out of prison on early parole just fired 17 shots at a police officer’s car and home, while the officer and his family were inside.
Shortly after 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, a police officer had just returned home from work and left his patrol car parked outside the home. He had not yet gone to bed when suddenly someone started shooting at his home, fence and car, screaming that he hated police. No one was injured in the shooting.
The neighbors remembered seeing a man walking the neighborhood last Friday night, wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt that said “F… the police.”
A surveillance camera in the neighborhood showed images of a vehicle leaving the scene about the time the shooting occurred. Police found the car a few blocks away within an hour and took the suspect into custody.
The shooter, March Eugene Ratney, 27, is a former convict who was out of prison on parole, and lived not far from the officer whose home he shot at. The same officer had arrested Ratney on a gun charge several years ago.
When police took Ratney into custody over shooting the officer’s home, he denied he did it, then became irate and urinated in the interview room – at which time the interview was concluded. Police say he told them he was a “two-time loser” and challenged them to charge him again.
FOX59 reported that on June 16 the Indianapolis police were called when he pulled a gun on his sister and threatened to kill her. At that time, police had recommended a revocation of his parole, but he was still free.
When police searched Ratney’s home, they found two guns, and several shell casings at the rear of the house. They also picked up shell casings from outside the officer’s home.
Ratney may be charged as a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, and could be prosecuted federally, FOX59 reports.
Local Black Lives Matter activist, Muhammad Siddeeq of The Concerned Clergy, claims Ratney isn’t part of their group.
“He is not a part of the movement and you can tell he’s not a part of the movement just in his approach to this whole issue,” said. “That movement is a movement trying to do positive things and peacefully resolve issues. We’re hurt that there would be such a vicious and callous attempt to terrorize a police officer’s home where his family and everyone is residing and we’re triply hurt when we see that he’s carrying a symbolic representation of an organization that he’s not representing in spirit or any other way.”
Black Lives Matter just held a “peaceful” rally in Indianapolis Saturday, where 700 people attended. Less than 48 hours earlier, a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas ended when a sniper shot 12 people, killing 5 police officers.
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