On Saturday night, police in Indianapolis responded to a call of a man brandishing a rifle. When police arrived at the scene a shootout occurred, killing one officer and wounding another. Now the family of the gunman is blaming police for the officer’s death.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Perry Renn responded to the call on 34th Street and found Major Davis there with his rifle. Once Davis spotted Officer Renn he began to open fire, killing him with multiple gunshot wounds.
Davis sustained injuries in the gunfight as well, but he survived and faces serious charges as a result of the shooting. However in spite of Davis shooting at the officer first and ultimately killing him, Davis’s family is blaming Renn for his own death.
“He wasn’t a bad person. His father was killed by IMPD. That is enough to hurt a person and scar him for life,” said his grandmother Pam Moornan.
“I imagine he figured they were going to try and kill him. I mean cause look what they did to his father.”
Davis’s father was arrested and served three years in prison on a drug conviction. After being released, he was arrested again in 2003 for public intoxication and died of a heart attack while in police custody.
The coroner’s report said that the police were not in any way responsible for what happened to Major Davis Sr., but the family still thinks the police department is at fault. Coincidentally, Officer Renn was listed on the 2003 police report concerning Davis Sr.
“Next thing, I just heard shots and everybody running in the house and everybody hit the floor,” said Yvonne Moornan, Davis Jr.’s aunt, who said by the time they had gotten outside they realized that the shots they heard were Davis Jr. and Officer Renn exchanging gun fire.
“Major is not a bad person in spite of what happened. Things happen,” Davis’s grandmother said.
The family is now worried about Davis’s reputation and they’re once again questioning the tactics of IMPD.
“It’s horrible about what took place, but, I mean, I don’t think it’s fair though for them to keep dragging him through the mud,” said Moornan.
The family expressed their remorse for the family of Officer Renn, however they believe that the incident could have been avoided altogether had Officer Renn just stayed in his vehicle because he knew Davis had a gun.
This wasn’t Davis’s first run-in with the law either. He’s had multiple drug charges in the past that date all of the way back to 2006.