IMPD chief recounts shootout that killed officer
The chief of Indianapolis' police department is talking about the shootout that took the life of one of his officers.
"We are a police family and a family member died," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.
Without compromising the investigation, Hite agreed to talk about what went down moments before Officer Perry Renn lost his life in the line of duty.
Renn exchanged gunfire with 25-year-old Major Davis Jr. late Saturday night. He struck the suspect, but did not survive his own injuries.
The incident started after Renn responded to a 911 call about someone shooting a gun at 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue.
"The call came from citizens in the neighborhood who thought it might have been fireworks. He did the normal procedure in terms of exiting the vehicle," Hite said of his officer.
He says that's when Renn saw Davis standing with his girlfriend. Davis reportedly started approaching the officer, who requested to see his hands.
"He saw someone walking towards him, his hands were behind his back, saw a young lady with him, it turned out to be a weapon. Shots were fired at the officer and the officer returned fire, striking the suspect," Hite said.
Doctors list Davis in critical, but stable, condition and witnesses say he was carrying a high-powered assault rifle.
Visitation/funeral arrangements for Officer Renn