Murder charge filed in Indianapolis officer death

Prosecutor files murder charge, delays death penalty decision in Indianapolis officer's death
Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 9, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor filed a formal murder charge Wednesday in the shooting death of an Indianapolis police officer, saying the suspect fired three rounds from an assault rifle that struck the officer.

A probable cause affidavit filed along with the charge alleges Major Davis Jr., 25, of Indianapolis, opened fire on Officer Perry Renn with an AK-47 assault rifle. Three rounds struck Renn, with the fatal round entering just under Renn’s right armpit and striking the officer’s right lung and heart, the affidavit said.

If convicted, Davis faces a sentence of 45 to 65 years. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry also filed a sentence enhancement request for the use of a firearm, which could increase the sentence by up to 20 years.

“While there is little that can be said or done to provide solace to a family, a police department and a community grieving the loss of Officer Perry Renn, we fully intend to bring to justice the man believed to be responsible for his death,” Curry said in a statement.

Curry said it was too early to decide whether to seek the death penalty in the case.

Online court records do not show whether Davis has an attorney yet.

The shooting occurred after Davis and others had gathered for a cookout and the suspect became embroiled in a dispute with someone else there, the affidavit said. The first police officer on the scene, Nicholas Gallico, encountered Davis holding something behind his back and asked him to show his hands. As Davis backed away from Gallico, Renn approached the suspect from the opposite direction.

Davis opened fire first, the document said.

“Officer Renn was struck by gunfire multiple times and collapsed almost immediately,” said the affidavit filed by Detective John Maloney.

The AK-47 was purchased in 2010 by the suspect’s mother, Cynthia Davis, it said.

Davis remained hospitalized Wednesday in serious condition.

Renn’s funeral is scheduled for Friday.

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