City officer dies in ‘ambush’

September 20, 2013

Indianapolis police officials say Friday morning’s shooting death of officer Rod Bradway was an “ambush.” Bradway, 41, a five-year veteran of the force, was killed during a gun battle with 24-year-old Steven Byrdo, who had been holding his ex-girlfriend hostage at the Eagle Pointe Apartments. Byrdo was hiding behind a door when Bradway entered the apartment about 2 a.m. and fired a shot into his side when the officer went to help the woman. Byrdo, a former felon with drug and gun convictions, was killed in the subsequent shootout with Bradway and other officers. The homicide marked the fourth time in 10 years that an Indianapolis officer has been gunned down in the line of duty.