ANDERSON — News travels fast, especially when it’s something that hits close to home.
Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said he stayed up late Saturday night and into Sunday morning when he heard word that Indianapolis Metro Police officer Perry Renn was killed in a shootout. Richardson didn’t know Renn, but that hardly matters.
“Law enforcement in Madison County, in Indiana, all around the country, it’s a brotherhood,” Richardson said. “It doesn’t matter what department you’re in or where, this is something that’s near and dear to everyone’s heart.
“You can’t live in fear, but you know when you sign up, there’s potential danger.”
According to Indianapolis police officials, Renn and another officer responded to reports of gunshots on the city’s northeast side. They found two suspects in an alley, and a firefight ensued between the officers and one of the men, who reportedly used an assault rifle.
Renn and the man were both shot. The suspect, who police believe to be 25-year-old Major Davis Jr., was in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital on Sunday and faces a preliminary charge of murder. Renn was rushed to Eskenazi as well, but died of the injuries he suffered.
Even in Madison County, Renn’s death served as a sobering reminder to local agencies of the deadly nature of law enforcement. The most recent similar instance of violence against officers locally happened in Pendleton two years ago, when Jim Kenneth Bailey shot Anderson officer Marty Dulworth and K-9 dog Kilo. Bailey had shot and killed Pendleton resident Neal Shull then exchanged fire with police during a stand-off. Dulworth eventually had his leg amputated because of injuries he suffered and Kilo was killed.
“Things like that occur and remind us all that we need to be vigilant,” said Pendleton Chief of Police Marc Farrer. “I worry about my officers and my citizens. We have to stay aware of the fact that there’s bad in the world.”