Monday News and Headlines with Kim Wells:
Flags are at half-staff across Indy as the city mourns another IMPD officer killed in the line of duty. Veteran Officer Perry Renn died Saturday during a shootout with a man armed with a high-powered rifle in an alley near 34th Street at Forest Manor Avenue. IMPD says that man is Major Davis Jr., 25. Davis was shot in the head and abdomen and is still in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital. Investigators say Renn and another officer were responding to a call of shots fired in that alley. Renn was a 22-year veteran of the force and worked out of IMPD’s North District. Tributes and memorials have popped-up all over the city including around his police cruiser.
The man accused of killing IMPD Officer Renn has a long history with police. According to police records, Davis is mentioned in at least seven incidents since 2006, including two as an adult. In 2007, Davis was arrested for possession of cocaine and in 2008, he was arrested for dealing drugs. Davis’ father died of a heart attack in 2003 while in police custody. Davis’ family accused IMPD of brutally beating Major Davis Senior while arresting him.
Condolences have come from the governor’s office following the deaths of several Indiana law enforcement officers. Governor Mike Pence is ordering flags lowered in each officer’s county of residence on the day of his funeral. In northwest Indiana, Gary Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffery Brady Westerfield, 47, was found shot and killed in his patrol car early Sunday. He was an 18-year veteran of the force working the midnight shift. Ironically, Sunday was Westerfield’s birthday. The Post-Tribune reports “a person of interest” and two others have been taken into custody and this investigation is on-going.
The Tipton County community is laying to rest Tipton County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Calvin today. Calvin, 31, was killed last weekend while responding to an accident. He lost control of his patrol car, veered off the road and was thrown from the vehicle. He died there at the accident scene. Calvin’s funeral is in the gym of Carroll High School in Flora beginning at 11 a.m.
Officer Renn’s death capped off a violent holiday weekend here in Indianapolis. IMPD arrested Lawrence Jones, 23, for possession of a handgun without a license after an early Saturday morning mass shooting in Broad Ripple. On Broad Ripple Avenue between College Avenue and Guilford Avenue police responded to a call of shots fired and found six men and one woman injured suffering from gunshot wounds. The injured were taken to St. Vincent Hospital. One man was critically injured. This incident reportedly stemmed from an argument after people bumped into each other, which then turned the village into an early morning scene of chaos. However, IMPD has not identified the shooter in this case. This investigation is on-going, The public is asked to call 317-262-TIPS if anyone has any information regarding this incident.
The rash of violence over the Fourth of July holiday weekend is intensifying the call for more officers on the streets of Indy. City Council member at-large Jon Barth tells the “Indianapolis Star” the city has faced a problem of a chronic officer shortage for years. Police union officials tell the paper the department is under siege by, “ruthless predators who sense the vulnerability of a short-handed department.”
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