IMPD officer fatally shot by ex-husband in murder-suicide
Grief counselors will be on hand today for IMPD officers, dealing with the loss of two officers who were killed in an apparent murder-suicide.
The IMPD SWAT team was requested to Ofc. Kimberlee Carmack's home in the 2400 block of Inishmore Court on the west side of Indianapolis around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Police say Sgt. Ryan Anders, a narcotics officer who had been with IMPD for nine years, broke into his ex-wife's home and fatally shot her. He then turned the gun on himself.
Carmack, was a 20-year veteran with IMPD.
"We lost two members of our family tonight," said Hite. "Right now we have a grieving police department, grieving family."
"This has been a very difficult day here in the city of Indianapolis. We have lost two of our own," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. "This one hurts deeply. This one hurts very, very deeply."
Sources tell Eyewitness News the couple was in the process of a divorce, which Anders was not taking very well. They had filed for divorce in April 2013 and a divorce decree was issued in October.
Carmack had filed a restraining order against her ex-husband, who was then ordered to turn in his police weapon and other equipment, which he did.
"Question is to whether or not she was safe, she was, in fact, we were protecting her. We also made sure with the protective order in addition to, provided protection to him," Hite said. "I think due diligence was done by detectives in both cases, making sure there was protection around him and her. There is some technology we used to make sure that happened."
But Hite said while Anders was under electronic surveillance, he apparently slipped through it Thursday night. He reportedly cut the home's security system before kicking in a door and shooting Carmack.
Police say there had been no incident reports at the Inishmore Court home in the past.
Those who know Carmack say her love for police work spilled over into the family, where she currently has a son, Dustin, on the police force as well. She once worked for retired IMPD Lt. Spencer Moore in the Crime Stoppers office.
"Wonderful girl. Absolutely fantastic. She loved this department, people loved her. When she became a police officer, she became a community resource officer and was just excellent at it," Moore said.
Moore's son, Ofc. David Moore, was shot and killed in the line of duty while conducting a traffic stop in January 2011.
The Fraternal Order of Police has opened their headquarters Thursday night to officers who need assistance. Counselors and chaplains are available to assist those in need.
"We're talking about two law enforcement families, as well as all of their co-workers," said FOP President Bill Owensby. "It is just like an explosion, the amount of people this is going to affect."
"She was a civilian before she became a sworn police officer and just one of the calmest, soft-spoken, nicest people that you'd met. Always smiling," Owensby said.
Owensby also remembered Anders, the son of a retired IMPD officer.
"Ryan was just, again, a soft-spoke, kind of a jokester kind of a guy and they had an awful lot of friends," he said. "So when you look at how many families and close friends are affected by this, it's really unfathomable."
"We have over 1,500 police officers. All of them are being touched tonight," said Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.
Hite says while the shooting appears to be a murder-suicide, the investigation is ongoing.
"This is a sad day for the IMPD family and a community as a whole", he said. "The department, including the FOP, has deployed all of our available resources to help a grieving department."
Julian Center statement
"The Board of Directors and staff of The Julian Center and DVN – Domestic Violence Network are deeply saddened by the senseless loss of life due to domestic violence in our community.
"Tonight's events are a tragic reminder that domestic violence affects everyone in our community – women, children, men; our friends, our co-worker, our families. In Marion County alone, more than 21,000 families are directly affected by domestic violence each year.
"Domestic violence is more than physical abuse - intimidation, financial sabotage, psychological abuse, threats against the individual, family members and children, instilling fear and a sense of hopelessness are all components of domestic violence."