Shooting suspect’s friend says struggling youth need Indy’s help

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INDIANAPOLIS – A friend of the man accused of shooting and killing an Indianapolis police officer is calling on the community to help the youth of Indianapolis struggling to build a better life for themselves.

Police say Major Davis II, 25, gunned down veteran IMPD Patrolman Perry Renn in an east side alley Saturday night when three officers answered a call of shots fired. Davis was armed with an AK 47.

Davis’ mother, Cynthia, has collected second-hand accounts to try to piece together what happened, but still doesn’t know what made her son pull the trigger.

“He was walking away when officers pulled up. And they told him to stop or something and he said ‘No’ and next thing they said they heard gunfire,” explained Cynthia Davis.

She said her son did not show any intentions of wanting to hurt anyone in the days leading up to the shooting. In fact, she said, he had plans this week to take a CDL exam and look for a new job.

“He was trying to get in school. He was telling me how he was working. And he was happy about being a dad and raising his kids and trying to do all the right things,” recalled friend James Wilson who said he spoke to Davis just two weeks ago.

So what went wrong? Why did Davis make the choice to pull the trigger?

His troubles may have started when his father, Major Davis Sr. died of a heart attack in 2003, after a dispute with officers. From then on, his mother said, people never stopped comparing him to his father and sometimes harassed him.

Wilson believes his friend’s struggle was bigger and one that many Indianapolis youth are going through.

“I think there was just a great ball of emotions constantly rolling and rolling and rolling until it became this huge dust bowl,” explained Wilson.

He’s been through those emotions. He struggled on the streets and even shot someone over drugs. But then he got the help he needed and turned his life around. He’s now enrolled at Ivy Tech and mentoring youth through the Collegiate 100 organization.

Ironically he said, Davis expressed interest in helping him cut down the City’s violence. However, he said, a lot of young people are frustrated and hopeless about their situations and need serious help.

“I’m noticing that the conversations going around the City is talk, talk, talk, hold a little something, then it`s done and over with. Then what?,” he asked.

He is calling on the community to take a second look at these young people and intervene before another young person breaks.

“I would never give up. I would never give up. All because one person gets himself involved in a situation doesn’t mean we walk away from them.”