Police continue to investigate fatal shootings of officers in Indianapolis, Gary


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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police leaders told recruits Monday that the weekend shooting death of a city officer — one of two Indiana police officers fatally shot in a span of less than 10 hours — was a reminder of the job's dangers.

"In a private meeting I had with them when we first hired them for the job I told them that this was the reality of the job. That this could happen. That they needed to be ready for this very moment," Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said Monday after the closed-door meeting. "I reminded them of that today.

"I also challenged them. I said, as I did the first time, that if they're not ready to meet this challenge, if they weren't ready to lay their life on the line for the safety of others that they needed to find another profession. We've had none leave," he said.

A memorial was growing Monday around the patrol car of Indianapolis Officer Perry Renn, who died Saturday in a gun fight. Police said the suspect in Renn's shooting, 25-year-old Major Davis Jr., was armed with an assault rifle. The Marion County coroner said Monday the cause of death for Renn was multiple gunshot wounds.

The other fatal police shooting occurred Sunday morning in Gary, where Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield was found fatally shot inside his patrol car early Sunday, his 47th birthday. Police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said police had no new information on the investigation. Police previously had said three people, including one person of interest, had been taken into custody, but Monday afternoon she said she didn't know whether anyone was still being held.

A squad car, its windshield covered with a black cloth, was parked outside the Gary Police Department headquarters in tribute to Westerfield.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Monday that Renn's funeral would be held 11 a.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, home of the Indianapolis Pacers. Visitation will be held 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crown Hill Funeral Home on the city's northside. Both events are open to the public.

Police said Davis remained in critical condition Monday. He faces a preliminary charge of murder. Marion County Prosecutors Office spokeswoman Peg McLeish said the investigation is continuing and she didn't know when formal charges would be filed.

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