This will not come as a surprise, but Officer Renn's killer has a lengthy criminal record. His first arrest, a drug arrest for possession of cocaine, occurred when he was 16. Ironically, the officer who made that arrest was Officer Greg Milburn, who was shot during an unrelated shooting earlier this year. The following year Davis was arrested a second time on cocaine charges. Police found assault rifles at the home where he was arrested but another man claimed to own them. At age 19, he was arrested a third time for drug dealing. Despite numerous arrests, Davis never did time in prison for any of the crimes. WRTV also reports that Officer Renn had indirect contact with the family 11 years ago when his father died of a heart attack while police were trying to arrest him. Davis' family blamed police for the father's death. Davis' father had done time in a state prison for about 3 years for drug dealing.
Early this morning, seven people were shot following an altercation in Broad Ripple, with one victim being listed in critical condition. The shooting happened about 2:20 a.m. outside a shoe repair store in the 700 block of Broad Ripple Avenue. A 23-year old man, Lawrence Jones, was arrested for unlawful possession of a gun as a convicted felon, although police do not believe he was connected to the shooting. Eye witnesses say the shooting occurred despite a large presence of police officers up and down Broad Ripple Avenue at the time of the shooting. News of the shooting gained national media attention.
A woman and girl were shot on the city's east side early this morning in the 3700 block of Brentwood Avenue. The victims did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Earlier Friday evening, an IMPD public information officer, Lt. Chris Bailey, suffered minor injuries after he attempted to make an arrest at Pan Am Plaza after a fight broke out during last night's fireworks festivities downtown. A man came up and struck Lt. Bailey on the head from behind with an object while he was making an arrest. While attempting to capture the fleeing suspect, he fell and injured his elbow and knee.
Expect Mayor Ballard and members of the City-County Council to continue to lay blame on Indianapolis residents for the growing violence problem in the city to support their call for a higher income tax to support public safety. We will again remind readers that the Mayor and City-County Council pilfered the money that was raised from the last public safety tax increase in 2007. They decided that spending the money on the private real estate development projects of their campaign contributors was a higher priority. They have no intention of using the money for public safety, but they need the additional dollars for other priorities, in particular the additional tens of millions of dollars required annually to develop a new criminal justice center through a public-private partnership under which a private operator will build, own and manage our criminal justice system.