Two Hoosier Officers Shot, Killed In Line Of Duty
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The holiday weekend was a deadly one for two police officers in Indiana.
On Saturday, Officer Perry Renn with the Indianapolis Municipal Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty. Early Sunday morning, Gary Officer Jeffrey Westerfeld suffered a similar fate while working on his birthday.
The shootings come within a week of the death of Tipton County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Calvin. Calvin, 31, died June 28 when he crashed while speeding to respond to an emergency call.
Renn, a 22-year veteran of the IMPD, was involved in an alleyway shootout with suspect Major Davis, Jr., who allegedly shot the officer with a high-powered rifle. Renn was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Davis, 25, was wounded and remains hospitalized in critical condition. He has a criminal history that includes seven incidents since 2006, including two as an adult. In 2007, Davis was arrested for possession of cocaine and in 2008, he was arrested for dealing drugs. Majors’ father died of a heart attack in 2003 while in police custody, but the family accused IMPD of brutally beating him while arresting him.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says the death of Officer Renn has angered a lot of people. It’s the third time in less than a year that an IMPD officer has been shot and killed, one of them being Officer Rod Bradway on September 20, 2013.
“There are a lot of sad people tonight. I will tell you also that another emotion is anger. I’m really tired of some of the things that have been happening. I think it’s time to do something a little bit differently,” Ballard said.
Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says the attack on Officer Perry Renn was an attack on Indianapolis.
Following the tragedy in Indianapolis, another Hoosier policeman, Westerfield, was killed less than 24 hours later. Westerfield was shot as he sat in his patrol car.
Three people have been arrested in connection with Westerfield’s death. They were taken into custody at a home around the corner from the shooting scene. A motive for the shooting has not been determined by investigators.
Westerfield was a member of the Gary Police Department for 19 years. He had four daughters.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a statement Sunday regarding the three officers killed in the line of duty.
“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the two Indiana police officers killed in the line of duty in the last 24 hours,” Pence said. “The deaths of Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Perry Renn and Gary Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Brady Westerfield follow last week’s death of Tipton County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Calvin, whose funeral will be held Monday. On behalf of the First Lady and Hoosiers everywhere, I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to those who knew these officers as family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors.”
Pence has ordered flags lowered in each officer’s county of residence on the day of his funeral service. Calvin’s services will take place Monday.