Crime

Man Wearing #BLM Shirt Shoots At Cop 17 Times

| by Zara Zhi
March Eugene RatneyMarch Eugene Ratney

An Indiana man who was wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt was arrested for allegedly firing 17 shots at a police officer's patrol vehicle and home, yelling that he hates cops. 

March Eugene Ratney wasn’t due to be released from jail until June 6, 2016 after serving half of a 12-year sentence for his conviction for possessing an illegal firearm. 

Ten days after Ratney's release, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers were called to a location where Ratney’s sister said he had pulled a gun and threatened to kill her.

On July 12 Ratney shot up another cop’s home near his own house, shouting profanities, according to The Blaze. The officer in question had just come home from work when he heard gunshots fired from a 9mm handgun and ran outside. 

In all, Ratney allegedly took 17 shots, striking the officer’s house, fence and patrol vehicle. Fortunately, the officer and his family were unharmed. 

“Think about this, this is your home,” IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said to WXIN. “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 IMPD provided security footage of a car fleeing from the scene at around 2 a.m. on July 12. Hours later authorities pulled Ratney over in connection with the shooting. 

Neighbors said that a few days prior, they saw a man in a Black Lives Matter t-shirt who was hurling obscenities at police walking in the neighborhood. 

The suspect became so incensed during police questioning that he supposedly urinated in the interrogation room and cursed at officers. Nonetheless, he denied his involvement in the shooting.  

Authorities found two guns and shell casings at the residence where Ratney was living, according to WXIN. 

“We should continue to remind each other we need to remain alert and vigilant,” Riggs said. “It is imperative that we and our families have an action plan in case of [a] serious incident such as this.”

Sources: WXINThe Blaze / Photo credit: WXIN

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