Police chief, public safety director respond to suspect’s family

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The story Sunday night with comments from suspect Major Davis Jr.’s family members touched a nerve.

In it, Davis’ grandmother and aunt talked about the family’s long history with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and tried to explain what Davis had gone through growing up.

Monday, 24-Hour News 8 asked Police Chief Rick Hite and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs for their thoughts about the words of the suspect’s family.

“If officer Renn did not lay his life down, how many people would have been killed that night?” Riggs said. “How many people in the community would have been struck by a firearm? Because he was in the way that night, he served this community well. And I don’t want anything or anyone’s comments to tarnish what he did for this community.”

Chief Hite also responded.

“We’re not going to demonize a grieving mother or family, but we understand that we may beg to differ in terms of the outcome,” Hite said. “The question becomes, what did we know about (Davis)? His behavior, his skill sets. Of whether or not there are mental health challenges — we know that, we’ve heard there were some substance abuse issues. He was abusing alcohol. The question is, did we as a family or community fail him?”

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