Suspect charged with murder in officer’s death

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Major Davis Jr., 25, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Perry Renn, the Marion County prosecutor’s office announced Wednesday.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said his office has not yet decided whether to pursue the death penalty or a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Curry has filed for an enhancement, which would mean an addition 5-20 years in prison if Davis is convicted. That enhancement was made possible by new sentencing guidelines that went into effect July 1 — just days before Renn was shot and killed.

“It justifies consideration,” Curry said of the death penalty.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Davis had an AK-47 style weapon and officers on the scene said Davis refused to show his hands. When he did, they say he began firing at officers, who returned fire. The autopsy revealed that Renn was struck by three rounds. One hit him under the right armpit, striking his right lung and heart. He was also shot through his vest and his leg.

The court document goes on to say Davis’ mother purchased the gun for him.

“There’s no reason to believe the purchase was illegal in any way,” Curry said.

Davis is accused of killing Officer Renn after a shootout Saturday night at 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue. At last check Davis was in critical but stable condition at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

 

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