Renn remembered by neighbors as friendly, helpful

IMPD Officer Perry Renn
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It's an emotional day ahead for the city of Indianapolis as we continue to remember a police officer killed in the line of duty over the weekend.

22-year-veteran Officer Perry Renn died in a shootout with a suspect Saturday night.

A memorial is setup at the North District at 3120 East 30th Street, where Renn was stationed. It has been inundated with flowers and well wishes.

Renn is the eighth Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer shot in the past year and a half.

That may be why so many people who may not have known the veteran officer stopped to pay their respects. Many brought flowers and cards.

"An officer leaves his home and never returns," said mourner Mike Wilkerson. "It's just a very unfortunate situation. And it just has to be healed and people have to come together and try to resolve the problems in the community. And that's our take on it. And we just wanted to pay our respects.

Amber Lamar said, "I didn't even know him personally, but it's just very, very sad. Indianapolis is just-- I can't even describe. I used to love my city and now it's just heartbreaking."

It was the same in Renn's own neighborhood on the south side where a patriotic display and memorial were set up to the entrance of his addition. Neighbors described him as very friendly--sometimes helping them shovel snow--and as an animal lover.

Renn was awarded the Medal of Bravery in 2003. His cruiser will remain in the North District today, as more are expected to pay their respects to this fallen hero.

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