Relatives of the man who shot Officer Rod Bradway offer sympathy to his family

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.

"It is with great sadness that we extend our heartfelt prayers and sympathy to the family of Officer Rod Bradway, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and the entire city of Indianapolis," the family of Steven Byrdo wrote in the statement. "It is our prayer that God will provide you with peace and healing during this very difficult time. We also ask that everyone please respect our privacy at this time as we too seek solace and healing from the God of our salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ."

Police say Bradway kicked in an apartment door early Friday in response to screams by a woman Byrdo was holding at gunpoint inside. Byrdo 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.

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