INDIANAPOLIS - Police are launching a full investigation after two officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were found dead Thursday evening -- and now an internal memo is bringing up questions about whether IMPD did enough to prevent the tragedy.
Police officials said they had concerns about the estranged husband and wife dating back months before the apparent murder-suicide .
Those concerns were proven accurate on Thursday night, when Sgt. Ryan Anders apparently approached Officer Kim Carmack’s home and fired a shot through the patio door. The round struck Carmack in the back. Anders then entered the residence and shot her five more times before shooting and killing himself.
Sources familiar with both officers say that Anders had stalked his former wife Kimberly for nearly a year, often times leaving his own district to suddenly appear in her district at crime scenes.
Carmack had filed for a protective order against Anders, sources confirmed, and the department finally and officially acted on the matter five weeks ago.
In her request, Carmack wrote that Anders had been emotionally, physically and sexually abusive throughout their six-year relationship. She wrote that he had showed up unexpectedly in several situations and his aggression was escalating and she was "extremely afraid" for her life.
"Internal investigations looked into this matter and sat down and talked to both parties," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. "And understand there were several issues and challenges on both sides."
Both officers were being monitored and authorities were in the process of building a criminal case against Anders.
The Call 6 Investigators have learned that IMPD interviewed more than 30 people as they looked into the rocky relationship between the couple, who had been offered health and wellness assistance through police department employee programs.
Authorities confirmed that they had taken the police-issued weapons from Anders, but they did not say when.
"Based on a restraining order, we placed him on administrative leave," Hite said. "The departmental property is turned in when he's placed on administrative leave."
A memo generated during the internal investigation, dated March 27 -- three weeks before the murder-suicide -- suggested that police had sufficient evidence to arrest Anders on multiple charges of stalking, criminal confinement and burglary.
The internal memo said that investigators assigned to the case believed that Carmack was in grave risk of harm from Anders. The memo also stated that the prosecutor's office wanted another couple of days to subpoena Anders' phone records before filing charges.
In a news conference on Friday, Hite said that Carmack had been staying at another residence, but had returned to her own home "against our better judgment."
Hite said Anders apparently used a vehicle other than his own to avoid being monitored as he traveled to Carmack's house Thursday night.
"Murder-suicide, suicide, it's something that we all have to deal with," Hite said. "And it's tough when it's one of our own."
"We have an officer who remains on IMPD who lost his mother. We have 1,500 officers who are still grieving. We don't take this lightly. We're grieving," Hite said. "We have to put arms and prayer around our folks now. And we need you to do that for us too."
Hite said people should remember that police officers are human.
"We're not robots," he said. "This is tough work, and it gets to you. We're people too."
The Call 6 Investigators reached out to the Marion County Prosecutor’s office and were waiting for a response.
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