INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The family of Major Davis Jr., the man accused of killing Officer Perry Renn, is speaking out about the shooting. His aunt, cousins and his children’s grandmother all talked to WANE’s sister station WISH on Sunday afternoon.
The family is still struggling to accept that Davis Jr. could be a part of something like this. He is a father with four children, ages 10 and under. His family has had a long, tense history with Indianapolis police officers.
“You don’t know what he been through with IMPD. We do. He’s scarred for life,” said his children’s grandmother, Pam Moornan.
The Davis family’s history with police began with Major Davis Sr. He served at least three years on a drug conviction and was arrested again in 2003 for public intoxication.
He died of a heart attack in police custody when Davis Jr. was a young teen. Though the coroner’s report said the officers weren’t at fault for any fatal injuries, the family still holds officers responsible.
“He wasn’t a bad person. His father was killed by IMPD. That is enough to hurt a person and scar him for life,” said Moornan.
One of the officers listed in that 2003 police report is Officer Perry Renn.
“I imagine he figured they were going to try and kill him. I mean cause look what they did to his father,” said Moornan.
On Saturday night, the family says they were having a cookout.
“Next thing, I just heard shots and everybody running in the house and everybody hit the floor,” said Yvonne Moornan, Davis Jr.’s aunt.
By the time they got outside, they realized those shots were Davis Jr. and Officer Renn shooting at each other. Davis had an assault rifle.
“Major is not a bad person in spite of what happened. Things happen, ” said Pam Moornan.
Now, the Davis family is worried about their son’s reputation and again, questioning police tactics.
“It’s horrible about what took place, but, I mean, I don’t think it’s fair though for them to keep dragging him through the mud,” said Moornan.
And again, questioning police tactics.
“I don’t know how the police was shooting. I don’t know if they took concern of any kids running around,” said Yvonne Moornan.
The family did say it is sorry for Officer Renn’s family, but they believe the tragedy may have been avoided if Officer Renn would’ve stayed at his car since he could see Davis had a gun.