The Internet is alive with reports that IMPD officer Rod Bradway was shot and killed responding to a domestic disturbance.
At approximately 1:52 am, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were dispatched to the 6700 blk. of Eagle Pointe Dr. (Eagle Point Apartments) reference 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 police got called to the apartment to respond to domestic violence in process. Husband was throwing stuff around the apartment and had apparently ripped a phone out of Wife’s hands and thrown it against the wall. When the police got there, Husband & Wife met the police in the parking lot. Police followed them back to the apartment, Husband barred entry while Wife said things like “just let them in.” Police tried to force their way, and Husband resisted physically.
The Supreme Court held at that time that the husband had no right to use force to stand his ground notwithstanding the husband’s contention that the entry of the officer in that case was unlawful. This led to the passage of SB 1-2012. The law makes it permissible to use force against a public servant if the individual using force reasonably believes it necessary to prevent the public servant from unlawfully entering the individual’s residence.
I’ll be watching this case with interest to see if the facts are such that the shooter might contend that this new law justified his actions.
Updated Abdul advises me that the shooter is dead. One less problem, I guess.
From the news release:
Investigators have not yet identified the suspect who was also fatally shot and killed in the exchange of gunfire with police. 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.