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IMPD OFFICER KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY

An Indianpolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was shot and  killed early Friday morning after responding to a domestic disturbance at Eagle Pointe 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 positively identifed the shooting 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 Wishard Memorial Hospital. 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 Marion County morgue.  Officer Bradway leaves behind a wife and two teenage children.   He had recently been awarded the IMPD’s Medal of Bravery.

OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FOR IMPD AND FALLEN OFFICER

An outpouring of care and concerns are pouring in for Officer Bradway and his family. IMPD says they have been bombarded by offers of financial support to the Bradway family. In response, the “Officer Bradway Family Fund” has been set up at the Professional Police Credit Union, located at 1502 East Washington Street. Those wishing to contribute can send donations there or make inquiry by calling 317-327-2600. Social media has also been responsive to Officer Bradway’s death Friday morning. 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.”

HIT AND RUN VICTIM DIES

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.

MOM DRIVING WHILE HIGH FACES CHARGES AFTER CRASH

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.

SCHOOL GRADING UPGRADE PROCESS BEGINS

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.

UPDATE ON GUARDSMAN KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

The Indiana National Guard soldier who 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” SHOW AUDITIONS HEADING TO TOWN

Auditions for the television show “America’s Got Talent” are coming to Indianapolis next year. Producers will be at the Indiana Convention Center January 25th and 26th. Season Eight of the talent competition wrapped up this week.

CATCH THE FEVER IN SPORTS…

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.

(KimWellsMedia, @kwellscomm, updated at 1356p, 092013)

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