Major Davis pleads guilty to murder in shooting death of IMPD officer Perry Renn
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The man charged with murder in the death of IMPD officer Perry Renn has agreed to a plea deal and will be sentenced later this month.
Major Davis II pleaded guilty to murder and will be sentenced to life without parole on April 27, but he will avoid the death penalty.
Renn was shot and killed on July 5, 2014, when he and Officer Nicholas Gallico responded to a report of shots fired in an alley off of 34th Street on the east side. Renn was struck by three rifle rounds fired by Davis during an exchange of gunfire. Davis was wounded in the incident.
It’s a loss Renn’s fellow officers still feel.
“We certainly miss officer Renn and don’t want that to happen to any of our officers,” said IMPD chief Bryan Roach.
Chief Roach says the guilty plea by Davis is justice for all the men and women in blue.
“The murder of Officer Perry Renn is a deep wound that Officer Renn’s family, IMPD, and others in our community that has not yet healed,” said Chief Roach. “Today’s announcement provides some level of comfort to the Renn family, and IMPD, that a collaborative effort of both Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and IMPD that individuals that take another’s life, especially that of our city’s public servants, will be held accountable.”
Lynn Renn, widow of the fallen officer, sent the following statement about Davis’ guilty plea:
“This is the conclusion that I wanted and that Perry would have wanted. The plea provides finality and allows me and others deeply impacted to avoid the possibility of a lengthy trial and appeals process. Justice has been served. I hope that we can now focus our thoughts away from this criminal case and to the legacy and sacrifice of Perry.
“I want to thank my family and dearest friends, my IMPD family, other survivors in the law enforcement community, FOP Lodge #86 and many others in the community for their continued support and encouragement. I want to thank Prosecutor Curry and his office for keeping me informed and consulting with me throughout this very complex and stressful process.”
Renn was a 22-year veteran of the force. He was laid to rest on July 11, 2014, in a public ceremony.
The case against Davis stalled multiple times, with questions raised about his competency to stand trial and a controversy in which Davis tried to fire his defense attorney. A judge ruled Davis competent to stand trial in February, and a trial date had been set for October.
Prosecutors say seeking the death penalty would have kept the legal wrangling going for years.
“When we go down this road it literally could be 10 or 15 or 20 years,” said Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry. “It’s our hope that the message is we will do everything we can to make sure anyone commits these crimes will be held accountable.”
Rick Snyder, president of FOP No. 86, also released a statement about Davis’ plea agreement:
Our collective membership is pleased to learn of the guilty plea of the suspect in the murder of IMPD Officer Perry Renn.
We are grateful that justice has been served on behalf of Officer Renn, his wife Lynn, the Renn family, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and our entire Indianapolis community.
We appreciate the diligent work of the involved criminal investigators and Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. We also value the steadfast commitment of Prosecutor, Terry Curry.
Our FOP family will continue to support Lynn and all other survivors of our fallen officers. We ask our community to hold a special moment of reflection for Officer Perry Renn who made the Supreme Sacrifice for our community. Blessed are the peacemakers…lest we forget.