Murder charge filed against suspect in Ofc. Renn's shooting death

L to R: Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, IMPD Chief Rick Hite
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Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced a formal charge of murder against Major Davis Jr. in the shooting death of IMPD Ofc. Perry Renn Saturday night.

The charge carries an enhancement for the use of a firearm in the crime. Online court records show the charge was filed earlier today in Marion County.

Officer Perry Renn, a 22-year veteran who served on IMPD's North District, died after a shootout with Davis Saturday night.

Probable cause documents show Officer Nicholas Gallico was on patrol in the area of 34th and Forest Manor Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Saturday when a civilian who was riding along in his patrol car noticed Davis appeared to be flagging the officer down. Gallico got out of his car and saw Davis walking toward him, with his hands behind his back. After ordering Davis to show his hands, he replied "no," and began walking backwards. Two women were at the scene with Davis, one appeared to try to get him to back up, the other told the officer everything was okay.

Renn, 52, arrived at the scene a short time later, on the opposite side of Davis from Gallico on an alley. Gallico said he heard Renn say something to Davis after the suspect raised an AK-47 rifle in Renn's direction, but could not make out what was said. Gallico told investigators he was sure Davis fired first and that Renn returned fire immediately.

Read the probable cause affidavit

Officer Renn was struck three times by gunfire from Davis. Renn was taken to the hospital and treated for several hours before succumbing to his injuries. The probable cause document says the fatal shot struck Renn under his right arm and passed through his right lung and heart.

Davis was originally declared dead but rescue crews were able to save his life. He remains in critical condition.

Curry said that while the act of fatally shooting a police officer allows them to seek the death penalty against Davis, that determination had not yet been made.

IMPD Chief Rick Hite said his officers followed their training in the incident. He wonders why Davis was in the area with an AK-47, while his family celebrated at a cookout nearby. Documents show the rifle was purchased by Davis' mother, Cynthia, but there was no indication that the weapon was purchased illegally.

The recent outbreak in gun violence around Indianapolis has raised the issue of minimum mandatory sentences for crimes committed with a firearm. Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said Wednesday the city has had up to 20 homicides this year that would not have occurred with a 10-year mandatory sentence. Some lawmakers are calling for a 20-year minimum sentence for using a firearm during a crime.

Earlier this week, a public visitation and viewing was announced for Ofc. Renn at Crown Hill Funeral Home Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. His funeral will be held at Banker's Life Fieldhouse Friday at 11:00 a.m. That will also be open to the public. Meanwhile, a memorial has been set up at IMPD's North District headquarters (3120 E. 30th Street, Indianapolis) where Renn was stationed. His patrol car will be on display until Friday.

Click here for our complete coverage of the shooting that claimed Ofc. Renn's life and its fallout.

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