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F.O.P. President William Owensby bows his head in prayer. Members of the law enforcement community and the public gathered at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86, Friday Sept. 20, 2013 for a prayer vigil was held for fallen IMPD officer Rod Bradway. Bradway was shot and killed on this day by suspect Steven Byrdo, while responding to a domestic disturbance. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Michelle Pemberton) (AP)
Shooting suspects’s family offers sympathy

Posted on Sept. 22, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Relatives of a man police say fatally shot an Indianapolis police officer trying to save a woman being held at gunpoint have released a statement expressing sympathy for the officer’s family.

Sunday’s statement by relatives of 24-year-old Steven Byrdo says they feel “great sadness” for Officer Rod Bradway’s family and extend their “heartfelt prayers and sympathy” to them. Bradway is a Nappanee native.

Police say Bradway kicked in an apartment door early Friday in response to screams by a woman Brydo was holding at gunpoint inside. Brydo was hiding behind that door and allegedly fatally shot Bradway as he entered to help the woman, who was Byrdo’s ex-girlfriend.

Byrdo was then fatally shot by police.

The 41-year-old Bradway was married with two children. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday at downtown Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse.