The family of a man who used a semi-automatic rifle to kill an Indianapolis police officer Saturday night says it isn't fair that the alleged shooter - Major Davis, Jr. - should "keep being dragged through the mud." They also blamed the officer for not staying in his police car.
As reported by WISH-TV, Davis was seen brandishing a semi-automatic rifle Saturday night in Indianapolis, which led to a 911 call that dispatched police to look for him:
When IMPD Officer Perry Renn found Davis at 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue, Davis opened fire on Officer Renn. Davis was critically wounded in the gunfight, but survived. Officer Renn died of wounds sustained in the firefight. Davis now faces a charge of murder.
Davis' family has now spoken out about the murder - and basically blamed Officer Renn and the Indianapolis Police Department for the shooting:
“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 Davis' grandmother, Pam Moornan.
The facts, as reported by BearingArms.com:
Davis' father, Major Davis, Sr. had been arrested 15 times and did three years in prison on a drug charge. He died of a heart attack in 2003 while in handcuffs after fighting with police as he attempted to avoid a public intoxication charge.
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“Major is not a bad person in spite of what happened. Things happen,” said Pam Moornan.
“I don’t know how the police was [sic] shooting. I don’t know if they took concern of any kids running around,” said Yvonne Moornan.
The family said it "felt sorry" for Officer Renn’s family, but that the shooting may have been avoided if he had stayed in his car since he could see Davis had a gun. Incidentally, the alleged killer has an extensive criminal background that dates back to 2006.