Man accused of shooting officer had arrest record

Courtesy: WISH-TV
Courtesy: WISH-TV

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The father of the man police said fatally shot an Indianapolis police officer died in police custody 11 years ago.

Police say 25-year-old Major Davis Jr. is in critical condition following surgery. He’s accused of shooting 51-year-old Officer Perry Renn with an assault rifle Saturday night on the city’s north side. Davis faces a preliminary charge of murder.

His father, 35-year Major Davis Sr., died in police custody in May 2003 the day before his son’s 14th birthday. The elder Davis had been arrested for public intoxication and struggled with officers. An autopsy concluded he died of a heart attack.

Police reports show Major Davis Jr. has had several encounters with police but only one conviction, a criminal misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge filed in August 2008. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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