The 51-year-old Indianapolis Police Metropolitan Police Officer who was shot and killed, Saturday, was awarded the Medal of Bravery in 2003 for saving the life of a man who was threatening suicide.
Officer Perry Renn was a more than 21-year veteran of the force serving the East and North districts.
“This is a sad day for the IMPD family and the community as a whole,” said Chief Rick Hite. “Please keep Officer Renn’s family in your prayers. We will remain vigilant as we continue to take care of one another and the city in the days and weeks to come.”
Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Renn and another officer responded to a call about shots fired in the 3400 block of Forest Manor.
The suspect, Major Davis Jr, 25, of Indianapolis approached the officer who arrived at the scene first and when the officer told him to show his hands, Davis walked away into a yard on East 34th St.
Officer Renn arrived and noticed Davis holding an assault rifle.
As a third officer arrived, shots were fired. Witnesses tell IMPD that Davis fired first. The officers exchanged fire hitting Davis but, officer Renn was also struck and died at Eskenazi Hospital shortly before 10 p.m.
Davis remains in the hospital and preliminarily charged with murder.
“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Officer Renn. Our city lost a brave law enforcement officer last night, and we grieve with those he leaves behind,” said Congressman Andre Carson.
In 2012, Renn received a Letter of Commendation for his work in response to the State Fair Stage Collapse in 2011.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard directed all flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Renn’s life.