IMPD Officer Killed Overnight
An Indianpolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was shot and killed early Friday morning after responding to a domestic disturbance at Eagle Point Apartments on Indy’s northwest side. The five-year police veteran is 41-year-old Rod Bradway. Police say Officer Bradway was shot by a suspect while entering an apartment to answer an unidentified woman’s screams for help. Bradway was struck in an exchange of gunfire with the suspect while entering. Police have not confirmed the name of the shooting suspect. However media reports identify the suspect as 24-year-old, Steven Byrdo, who died at the scene during an exchange of gunfire with back-up IMPD officers. Officer Bradway died later at WishardMemorialHospital. Police say the decorated officer saved the woman’s life. She was detained for questioning. Police and others showed their support at the hospital early, on social media and in a memorial procession taking Bradway’s body from Wishard to the MarionCounty morgue. Officer Bradway leaves behind a wife and two teenage children. He had recently been awarded the IMPD’s Medal of Bravery.
Social media has responded to Officer Bradway’s death. The Indianapolis Fire Department @IFD_news tweeted, “Our hearts are broken for our brothers and sisters in blue. Please pray for the family of Officer Bradway and all who protect our city. #Pray” IMPD Chief Rick Hite told reporters, “Blessed are the peacemakers who wear blue.” Hite also said, “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.”
The man critically injured in a hit and run earlier this week has died. Officials say Michael Robertson died on Thursday. He was struck Tuesday afternoon by a green Chevrolet Malibu that was later found. Police are still looking for two women who are “persons of interest” in the accident.
Mother Overdosed and Crashed Car with Children Now Facing Charges
A mother is now facing charges. Cydney Craft is accused of overdosing on heroin and crashing her car with her two children in the back seat. Police say they found syringes and heroin in the mom’s purse and she admitted to shooting up at the Port-O-Call apartment complex. Craft’s children, a one-year-old and six-week-old baby were not injured.
Indiana Grading System
Indiana’s A-to-F grading system is getting a comprehensive review. Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and an 18 member panel met Thursday for the first time to start work on creating a new school accountability system—one that is fair and transparent. The panel must submit its recommendations by November 1st.
Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to be Buried Next Week
The Indiana National Guard soldier that died in Afghanistan will be buried next week in Illinois. Staff Sergeant Randall Lane passed away last Friday from a non-combat illness. He was in Afghanistan working as a machine operator with the 1438th Transportation Company.
America’s Got Talent
Auditions for the television show “America’s Got Talent” are coming to Indianapolis next year. Producers will be at the IndianaConvention Center January 25th and 26th. Season Eight of the talent competition wrapped up this week.
The first round of the WNBA playoffs begins today and the Indiana Fever are there. The defending champions enter the series against the Sky as the Number Four seed. Game One is tonight at Chicago. Game Two will be held here in Indy at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday, September 22nd.