By Mike Perleberg
IMPD Officer Rod Bradway was shot and killed responding to a domestic disturbance in Indianapolis Friday morning.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - An Indianapolis police officer and a gunman are both dead after a domestic disturbance call turned into a shootout early Friday morning.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Rod Bradway heard a woman screaming inside an apartment and forced open the door only to be met by gunshots. The officer returned fire and killed the gunman, identified as 24-year-old Steven Byrdo.
Bradway, 41, was rushed to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis hospital where he later died.
The woman and a child in the apartment at the time weren't injured.
"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.
Bradway, who leaves behind a wife and two teenage daughters, was a five-year veteran of the department. He had recently been awarded the IMPD’s Medal of Bravery.
“The City of Indianapolis lost a decorated hero, husband and father today. Officer Rod Bradway gave his life protecting the people of our community by charging ahead to confront the unknown,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.