Officer Perry Renn
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The casket of fallen Indianapolis police Officer Perry Renn is draped with an American flag during a funeral service Friday, July 11, 2014, in Indianapolis. Renn died Saturday night after being shot three times by a man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors said Tuesday they may seek the death penalty against the man charged in the shooting death of an Indianapolis police officer.
A judge entered a not guilty plea for Major Davis Jr., whom sheriff's deputies pushed in a wheelchair to a Marion County courtroom for his first court appearance on murder charges. Authorities say Davis, 25, was wounded during the July 5 shootout that killed Officer Perry Renn but they haven't detailed his injuries.
"We've been getting updates each day since this happened so I wasn't surprised to see him in court today," said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson.
Police say Renn and other officers were responding to a call of shots being fired on the city's north side when he exchanged gunfire with Davis, who hit Renn with three rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle.
About 20 police officers lined up around the perimeter of the standing room-only audience in the courtroom.
"That was for the family," Indianapolis police spokesman Chris Bailey said.
Robinson said prosecutors had not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty against Davis, but were evaluating it.
"This will not be a quick or easy process," she said.
The death penalty is commonly sought in cases where an officer has died, according to Richard Dieter, executive director of the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center, which advocates for the end of capital punishment.
Davis' public defender, David Shircliff, did not return phone calls seeking comment.
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