Police officer Perry Renn was killed when trying to approach a suspect with a gun, and now the family of the accused cop-killer say the office is actually at fault for getting out of his police cruiser when the armed man was nearby.
Renn was killed on Saturday in Indianapolis after responding to a report of shots fired. When Renn and two other officers arrived at the scene, they found a group standing near an alley. Police say 25-year-old Major Davis then raised an assault rifle, exchanging gunfire with officers for up to five minutes.
Both Davis and Renn were injured, and shortly afterward Renn was declared dead.
The Perry Renn shooting has sent shockwaves through the community, but a recent interview with the family of Major Davis Jr. has stirred up even greater controversy. In speaking to WISHTV, family members said Davis had a difficult history with police and blamed Renn for the circumstances.
The suspect’s father, Major Davis Sr., died of a heart attack while in police custody when his son was a teenager. The coroner’s report said that officers were not to blame, but family members see otherwise.
“You don’t know what he been through with IMPD. We do. He’s scarred for life,” said his children’s grandmother, Pam Moornan, adding, “He wasn’t a bad person. His father was killed by IMPD. That is enough to hurt a person and scar him for life.”
Officer Perry Renn was listed on the police report for Major Davis Sr.’s death.
Family members say Major Davis Jr. was likely afraid police officers would try to kill him as well.
“I imagine he figured they were going to try and kill him. I mean cause look what they did to his father,” said Moornan.
Moornan added that it’s not fair to blame Major Davis Jr. for the shooting, saying police were at fault as well. Other family members blamed Renn for returning fire when there were children in the area.
Family members say they are sorry that Officer Perry Renn died, but said the situation would have never happened if he just stayed in his car once he saw Davis brandishing a gun.
The comments generated such backlash that editors at WISHTV responded, adding comments to the start of the article defending the decision to include the controversial comments.
“By showing the other side, you were able to get the answer to “why someone would do this?” We wanted to give insight into the mind of the people/family who were involved so there was some context and exposure for you into this world. For some, maybe it’s a world you are already familiar with; for others it may be something you cannot even comprehend. It was difficult for many of us to watch and understand mostly for the reporter who did the story. Her father is a veteran of IMPD.”
The funeral for Officer Perry Renn is set for Friday.