INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A veteran Indianapolis police officer was shot and killed after he and another patrolman exchanged gunfire with a suspect in an alley Saturday night.
Officer Perry Renn, 51, was pronounced dead at a hospital at 9:58 p.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Lt. Christopher Bailey told The Associated Press early Sunday morning. Bailey said Renn had been with the IMPD for nearly 22 years.
According to an IMPD statement, Renn and another officer responded to a call about shots being fired in the 3400 block of Forest Manor, went to the alley and approached a group of unidentified subjects. As officers approached, 25-year-old Major Davis Jr. of Indianapolis began shooting, prompting officers to return fire, police said.
Davis also was struck and remains in critical condition following surgery. Police said he is preliminarily charged with murder.
An investigation is ongoing.
“This is a sad day for the IMPD family and the community as a whole,” said IMPD 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.”
Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said Renn was the eighth police officer shot during the last 18 months.
The shootings are the latest in a violent year for Indianapolis, which is on track to rival its record of 162 homicides, set in 1998. A shooting in a bar-hopping Indianapolis neighborhood injured seven people early Saturday.