INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -The squad car of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer who died in the line of duty Saturday night is now on display for the community to pay their respects.
Officer Perry Renn, 51, of Indianapolis, was shot and killed after responding to shots being fired at 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue, which is near Keystone Avenue on the city’s northeast side.
Officer Renn and Major Davis Junior, 25, exchanged gunfire and were both shot. Officer Renn was rushed to Eskenazi where he was later pronounced dead.
Davis Jr. was taken to Eskenazi in critical condition. According to IMPD, Davis Jr. was in critical, but stable, condition as of Sunday morning.
He was preliminary charged with murder. According to police reports, Davis was arrested multiple times since 2006.
An Indianapolis City-County Councillor who worked with Officer Renn several years ago called him a “hard charger” and a dedicated servant.
“It happens. It’s one of those surreal moments that it really hits you in the gut and the heart. I feel for my former colleagues,” Ben Hunter said on Sunday.
IMPD said Officer Renn was awarded the Medal of Bravery in 2003. He also received a Letter of Commendation for his work during the 2011 State Fair stage collapse.
Below is a video of Officer Renn receiving his Medal of Bravery courtesy of IMPD.
According to IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey, Officer Renn was married. He leaves behind his wife, mother and father. IMPD officials said Officer Renn loved riding his bike. They released a picture of him on their Facebook page Sunday.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard called for flags to be flown at half-staff following Officer Renn’s tragic death.
Governor Mike Pence also reacted to the death of Officer Renn, saying, “I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to those who knew these officers as family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors.”
Officer Renn’s death happened just one day after 7 people were shot on Broad Ripple Avenue, a popular strip of bars on the city’s north side. Police are still searching for that suspect.
“And the question becomes we as a community, what are we going to do about it?” IMPD Chief Rick Hites said in a press conference on Saturday night.
During the press conference, city leaders hinted at the need to restrict access to assault rifles and create tougher, mandatory sentence guidelines for violent offenders to help prevent re-offenders from getting back on the street.
Officer Renn’s car is on display at 3120 E. 30th Street, outside IMPD’s North District headquarters.