Indianapolis police have identified the alleged gunman in the shooting death of a police officer who forced his way into an apartment where a woman was screaming for help.
Police say the Marion County coroner's office identified the suspect in Officer Rod Bradway's fatal shooting early Friday as 24-year-old Steven Byrdo.
The 41-year-old officer was pronounced dead at an Indianapolis hospital, and Byrdo also died after exchanging gunfire with police.
Police Lt. Christopher Bailey says the woman who screamed for help and a small child who was also inside the apartment were unharmed in the shootings.
Indiana Department of Correction records show Byrdo had felony drug convictions in 2011 and 2013 and was released from prison in June after serving a sentence on a cocaine-dealing conviction.
Bradway, from Elkhart County, is a 1991 graduate of NorthWood High School in Nappanee.
Fred Myers, a NorthWood Middle School teacher and current track coach called Bradway the "type of kid that would run through walls for you."
Myers was Bradway's track coach back in the early 90s.
Bradway was also a kicker on the school's football team and played basketball.
He was also a member of Future Farmers of America and the Jazz Band.
Myers says he has nothing but fond memories of the officer and said if he had a son, he would have wanted his son to be like Bradway.
"If you ever wanted someone to represent your police department in a positive way, he is the guy you want," Myers said.
Bradway is as a five year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He was recently awarded that Police Department's Medal of Bravery.
He leaves behind a wife and two teenaged children.