Police Officer Rod Bradway
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana
End of Watch: Friday, September 20, 2013
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 20, 2013
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Deceased
Agency Contact Information
Chief Richard A. Hite
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
50 North Alabama Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 327-3811
Officer Rod Bradway was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute call in a northwest Indianapolis apartment complex. Upon arrival, Officer Bradway heard cries for help and made entry into an apartment where he came under fire and was mortally wounded.
Officer Bradway was able to return fire on the subject and is credited with saving the life of the domestic dispute victim. Officer Bradway was transported to Wishard Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later.
Officer Bradway was a five-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and is survived by his wife and two children.
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. I ask the citizens of Indianapolis to join me in keeping Officer Bradway’s family, friends and brothers and sisters in IMPD in their thoughts a prayers.”
— Mayor Greg Ballard
“This morning the thoughts and prayers of the United States Attorney’s Office are with Officer Bradway’s family and our partners at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. A guardian of our city was killed today and Indianapolis is the lesser because of it.
“As we all pause to honor the heroism of another fallen son, it is my hope that we might also take time today to consider how we can best protect the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep this community safe. It is an obligation we all share, and one the U.S. Attorney’s Office remains committed to upholding.”
— U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett
“Today, our community lost a man of valor. When Officer Bradway heard a desperate cry for help, he acted without hesitation or fear to save a life, and in so doing, he sacrificed his own. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Bradway’s wife, Jamie, their children, and to the friends, loved ones, and brothers and sisters-in-arms whose lives he touched.
“Courting danger to protect all of us was nothing new for Officer Bradway, who had already received IMPD’s Medal of Bravery and who served as a Wayne Township fire fighter and EMT. We should all aspire to Officer Bradway’s level of courage and heroism.”
— U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana
“We are reminded again by the horrible events of this morning that evil lives among us. We are able to live in relative safety in our community because public safety officers such as Officer Rod Bradway are willing to confront such evil every day with full knowledge of the risks of doing so. As partners in public safety, the women and men of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office grieve for the loss of Officer Bradway. Our prayers go out to Officer Bradway’s wife, children, and family, as well as to all public safety officers who serve our community. May we never forget the sacrifice of Officer Bradway and that of all public safety officers lost in the line of duty.”
— Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry
“The Board and Staff of the Julian Center join with the Indianapolis community to express our condolences to the family and friends of Officer Rod Bradway. Responding to domestic disputes are among the most dangerous calls for police officers. Officer Bradway heard the victim’s screams and responded.
“Julian Center/IMPD Advocates worked directly with Officer 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.
From all accounts of this tragedy, Officer Bradway saved a life while sacrificing his own. His service and dedication to our community will be greatly missed.”
— Julian Center
“It is always a great loss when men and women who have committed their lives to protect our communities are destroyed in the process of maintaining peace for others. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Bradway as well as the faithful Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for their ongoing commitment to guard and protect us from the evils that trouble our city. It’s time for the Christian community to rise up and not only cover our city, but also cover and support the brave officers who risk their lives each and every day on our behalf.”
— Pastor A. Thomas Hill, Drive-by-Prayer Vigil
INDIANAPOLIS — A police officer was shot and killed Friday while responding to an early-morning domestic disturbance on the city’s northwest side.
Police said Officer Rod Bradway responded to the Eagle Pointe apartment complex after screams were heard in a unit.
"With a heavy heart I must tell you that Officer Rod Bradway has died serving his city. Please keep him and his family in your prayers," said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite, according to IMPD News.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Christopher Bailey said Bradway forced his way into an apartment after hearing a woman scream for help and was shot. The gunman, who has been identified as Steven Byrdo, 24, was killed during an exchange of shots, but it is unclear who fired the fatal shot.
A child was in the apartment at the time of the incident but was unharmed, Kendale Adams of IMPD said.
Bradway, 41, was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later.
Police said they are working to ascertain the exact circumstances of the shooting and have detained the woman involved in the dispute for questioning. She was uninjured.
Hite says Bradway was a brave officer who was acting to save a woman’s life.
The police department said Bradway was a five-year veteran of the force. He was married with two teenage children and was a native of the northern Indiana town of Nappanee.
On Friday, other than officers guarding a taped-off area, little police activity was visible. Residents, meanwhile, were busy shuttling their children to school or driving off to work. An American flag at the complex flew at half staff.
Lisa Green, 47, who has lived in the complex six months, described it as quiet with few police calls.
"I mostly feel safe here," said Green, a hairstylist. "I don’t see the police here much at all."
She said she did not know of the shooting until a friend called at 7 a.m.
"It’s horrible to have an officer shot in the line of duty like that," she said. "My heart goes out to his family."
Another resident, DeWayne Foreman, 37, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by flashing police lights.
"I looked out the window and saw the glow, but I thought it was a traffic stop," he said. "It’s extremely rare that anything serious happens here, so I didn’t think anything of it."
"This is really shocking."