By PoliceOne Staff
ETNA, NY — The home of Sgt. Bryan Bangs was burned down on Monday in a blaze that the Ithaca Police Department has determined to be arson. The fire is being traced back to an incident that took place last February, when Bangs was involved in the fatal shooting of a man named Shawn Greenwood.
Greenwood had been previously convicted and served prison time for several drug offenses, according to the Ithaca Journal. Bangs was part of a multi-agency drug team attempting to arrest him at a store parking lot when Greenwood drove his van into one of the officers.
In an attempt to protect himself and the other officer, Bangs fired a shot. A grand jury review of the shooting released July 1 found no basis for criminal charges against Bangs in the death of Greenwood.
Authorities in Ithaca are currently looking into the very real possibility that the arson is somehow connected to last February's incident.
In the meantime, an account has been opened in the name of the Bryan Bangs Relief Fund. Donations are being accepted in hopes of alleviating the loss of the officer's home and most of his possessions.
Checks should be made to:
Bryan Bangs Relief Fund
C/O Chemung Canal Trust Company
806 West Buffalo Street
Ithaca, New York, 14850
A Facebook group has also been started in support of Sgt. Bangs.
Read more on the Ithaca Journal.