Officer
Perry Wayne Renn
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Age: 51
Served: 20 years, 6 months
Badge #: 1317
Panel 4E, Line 29 (2015)
Panel L20, Line 13 (2014)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, July 5, 2014
09:25 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Forest Manor Avenue near East 34th Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Marion
Incident Township:
Center
Weapon Used:
AK-47 assault rifle
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to life without parole
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

   Officer Perry Renn was shot and killed after responding to a shots fired call.

   While investigating the call, he and another officer exchanged gunfire with two subjects in the alley off Forest Manor Avenue south of East 34th Street. Officer Renn was struck three times by one of the subjects with a semi-automatic assault rifle and taken to Eskenazi Health where he died from his wounds a short time later.

   One suspect, a 25-year-old-male, was also shot and critically injured. He was charged with murder and later pleaded guilty to be spared the death penalty. In April 2017, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

   Officer Renn was assigned to the North District and was posthumously awarded the department's Medal of Honor and Purple Heart. He was also a two-time recipient of the Medal of Bravery awarded by his department. He had previously served with the former Metropolitan Emergency Communications Agency (MECA) for 18 months as a dispatcher/control operator.

   Officer Renn was survived by his wife, Lynn Sappenfield-Renn; sister, Sherri (Michael) Jones; and parents, Phyllis Renn and David (Tina) Renn.

Military Service


United States Army

Historical Notes

• Officer Renn was the second of four Indiana line of duty deaths in 2014.
• He is the third line of duty death of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
• His line of duty death is the 85th that has originated from Marion County.

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