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Three Indiana law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the past week.
Governor Mike Pence will order flags lowered in each officer’s county of residence on the day of the funeral services.
Last week, Tipton County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Calvin died in a car crash. His funeral will be held at 11 A.M. Monday at Carroll High School.
Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Perry Renn was shot on Indy’s Eastside Saturday evening. Marion County Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says the incident with Renn marks the eighth police officer who’s been shot in a year and a half.
“We have lost two of those officers,” said Riggs. “We have 22 others we believe have had shots fired upon them.”
In addition, Gary Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield was found shot to death in his squad car early Sunday morning.
Indianapolis city leaders want action now to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says much of the recent violence in the city is caused by people who don’t see the potential dangers of carrying a gun. Ballard and Riggs testified more than once at the Statehouse earlier this year in support of harsher sentencing for certain violent criminals. Both urged legislators to pass a bill that would allow courts to add five years to sentences for anyone who uses a gun to commit a felony.
That measure was unsuccessful, but both said they will push for it again prior to the next legislative session.
Suspects in 90 percent of Indianapolis‘ homicides have a criminal record, and 40 percent of those involve gun charges.