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September 20, 2013

IMPD officer killed in line of duty

INDIANAPOLIS — An officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was killed in the line of duty early Friday morning.

At approximately 1:52 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 6700 block of Eagle Pointe Drive (Eagle Point Apartments) in reference to a disturbance. 

When the first arriving officer arrived, he heard screams for “help” from an unidentified woman who was inside an apartment. The officer, fearing for the safety of this woman, made entry. As the officer entered the apartment, gunshots were exchanged between the officer and the suspect and the officer was struck with gunfire. The officer was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital in critical condition, where he later died as a result of his injuries.

The officer has been identified as 41-year-old Rod Bradway, a five-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.  Bradway was a highly-decorated officer, having just been awarded the IMPD’s Medal of Bravery. Bradway leaves behind a wife and two teenage children, and is from Nappanee, Ind.

"We have lost a true hero today in Officer Bradway … please keep his family and the IMPD family in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks that lie ahead” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.

Investigators have identified the suspect, who was also fatally shot and killed in the exchange of gunfire with police, as 24-year-old Steven Byrdo. Investigators are also working to ascertain the exact circumstances of the shooting, and have detained the woman, who was not injured, for questioning. Further updates will be provided as they become available.

The Julian Center, Indiana's largest domestic violence emergency shelter, noted it worked with Bradway on several domestic violence cases.

"He was truly a compassionate officer and champion of domestic violence victims," said Jennifer Reister, domestic violence projects supervisor at the Julian Center.

A fund for Bradway's family has been established. Donations may be sent to the "Officer Bradway Family Fund" at the Professional Police Officers Credit Union, 1502 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46201; or by calling 327-2600.

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