VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Vigo County Sheriff Ewing confirms that there have been two arrests in connection to the FBI investigation Wednesday morning.
We first got a tip into our newsroom from a viewer around 6:30 a.m. that FBI was on scene at 1948 Cobblestone Way South at Cobblestone Crossings.
WISH-TV’s sister station WTHI spoke with a neighbor who said that it first happened before 6 a.m. with a loud noise. The neighbor saw several officials in tactical gear enter through the door of the apartment, saw officials bring several people out of the apartment and they were all put into handcuffs.
Our photojournalist witnessed Vigo County Deputy Frank Shahadey being placed into the back of a black SUV in handcuffs around 6:45 a.m.
News 10’s Brittany Earl also spoke with Shahadey’s stepson, who says agents surrounded his entire family Wednesday morning inside the apartment.
“They busted in the front door, threw two flash bang grenades and proceeded to put my entire family on the floor and then cuffed them all and took them out of the house,” Devin Maurer explained.
Just before 8:30 a.m. the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Shahadey, who is a 37-year-veteran with VCSO, was arrested as well as Vigo County School Corporation Transportation Director Frank Fennell. The Vigo County School Corporation website does list Frank Shahadey under school security.
“Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing was notified moments prior to the arrest by the FBI,” Sheriff Ewing stated. “Shahadey has been placed on administrative leave with pay effective immediately pending a merit board meeting.”
The VCSO stated that they cannot release any other information at this time because the information has been sealed by a Federal Judge. All of Shahadey’s VCSO equipment including firearms, vehicle and insignia clothing has been secured by the Sheriff’s Office.
The Vigo County School Corporation Board of Trustees announced they were having an emergency executive session meeting at 2 p.m.
The fax states this meeting is for the purpose of:
“With respect to any individual over whom the Board has jurisdiction, to receive information concerning the individual’s alleged misconduct and to discuss, before a determination, the individual’s status as an employee or an independent contractor who is a physician.”
Both Fennell and Shahadey were scheduled to be in federal court in Indianapolis at 3 p.m.