Murder charges filed in death of Ofc. Renn

Major Davis, Jr.

The man accused of shooting and killing IMPD Officer Perry Renn now faces official charges of murder.

That word came from the prosecutor's office yesterday along with more details about the deadly shooting.

According to the probable cause statement, Major Davis Jr. had just left a cookout around 9:30 p.m. on July 5 after getting into an argument with someone.

Officers responded to a 911 call of shots fired on 34th Street at Forest Manor and arrived to find Davis walking toward them with one of his hands behind his back. They repeatedly ordered him to show his hands. He did so by firing the AK-47 assault-style weapon at the officers.

The officers immediately fired back.

According to the autopsy, Officer Renn was hit three times, the fatal bullet entering under his right armpit piercing his lung and heart.

Davis was hit at least once. He's now listed in stable condition at Eskenazi Hospital. When released, he'll go straight to jail.

"We thank you for being patient and allowing the prosecutor time to do what the prosecutor does-bear out the facts," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. "We'll have the facts to dispell any rumors or concerns you may have. Justice will be served and he will have his day in court and we are as a police department will continue to protect the city and do the right thing by its citizens."

Investigators say the assault rifle Davis used belonged to his mother and that she bought it legally. She faces no charges in this incident.

Davis could face sentences such as life in prison without parole or even the death penalty.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said this case certainly qualifies for those charges, but his office will be "deliberative and thoughtful" in making that decision.