INDIANAPOLIS -

Seven shots were fired in a gun battle that left a highly decorated Indianapolis police officer dead.

41-year old Rod Bradway was killed around 2 a.m. Friday as he kicked in a door after hearing a woman screaming for help.

A detective says 24-year-old Steven Byrdo had been holding a woman at gunpoint for three hours inside an apartment in the Eagle Point Apartment complex on the Indy's northwest side.

As Bradway entered the apartment, Byrdo hid behind the door and opened fire on the officer.

Byrdo was later shot by officers.

The woman and a small child, who was also inside the apartment, were unharmed.

Indiana Department of Correction records show Byrdo had felony drug convictions in 2011 and 2013 and that he was released from prison in June after serving a sentence on a cocaine-dealing conviction.

Department leaders say Bradway followed every policy and did what he was supposed to do.

Bradway grew up in Nappanee and was a 1991 graduate of NorthWood High School.

"You look at people and sometimes you see flaws. With Rod, I saw no flaw," said Fred Myers, Bradway's former high school track coach.

Of the hundreds of athletes Myers has coached over his 38 years in the Wa-Nee School District, Bradway left a lasting impression.

"Rod had some gifts and he appreciated them, and he did things for the team and other people," said Myers.

Myers remembers when Bradway came through for his football team big time. It was 1989, his junior year.

NorthWood was tied at 21-21 with rival Warsaw.

"There were just a few seconds left on the clock, explained Myers. "Rod's a high school kid. He kicked a 50-yard field goal to win the game."

It was a kick that set a school record.

Bradway was also a star on the track as a sprinter and pole vaulter.

Myers recalls him being in pain during one meet but would not let anything stop him from competing.

"He went in to see the doctor and somehow he stepped on a needle. It was over an inch long and it was stuck in his toe."

After college, Bradway moved to the Indianapolis area where he was a firefighter in Wayne Township for 10 years before becoming a police officer.

It was there where he met his wife, Jamie, who worked at the department as an EMT.

"He always would talk about his family and how much he cared for his wife and kids and then how much he loved serving the community he lived in," said Mike Pruitt, Wayne Township Fire Public Information Officer.

Pruitt says Rod and Jamie were dedicated to pet rescue projects. The couple recently went to Oklahoma after a disaster and delivered pet supplies to the area.

Bradway's parents, Tom and Sherry, have strong roots in the Nappanee community. For decades, the family owned Curtis TV & Appliance store in downtown and sold it 6 months ago.

"They wanted to retire and spend more time with their grandkids," said Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson.

Tom is a former teacher and school board member. Sherry belongs to a local quilt club.

"Their friends here are heartbroken for them. Anything that we, the city, their friends, we will be as supportive as any community can be for them," assured Thompson.

And for Myers, the loss is especially painful. Myers, a father of three daughters, has always said if he had a son, he'd want him to be like Rod Bradway.

"Never dreamed that anything would happen like this. The world has lost a good man, because he was a good kid."

Bradway leaves behind his wife, a son and daugther, who are both teenagers.

Indianapolis' mayor has ordered flags in the city to be flown at half-staff in honor of Bradway.

The town of Nappanee plans to do the same thing.

WSBT News has learned that Indiana Governor Mike Pence may order all flags throughout the state lowered to honor this fallen hero.

Bradway was recently recognized as IMPD's Officer of the Month and had earned the departments Medal of Bravery.