Investigation of IMPD officer's death continues
The investigation into the death of IMPD Officer Rod Bradway is entering a new phase.
While investigators comb through evidence at the scene, others are following a very different trail, trying to find out how a convicted felon came to be in possession of a handgun.
It is a painful time. Several days have passed since Bradway's death early Friday morning, but mourners keep coming to place something on or next to his squad car, parked at the Northwest District.
Brenda Kallin shares the Bradway's family tie to Nappanee.
"It's a very small tight knit community. Everybody knows everybody," she said.
So she understands, as she reads the letter from Bradway's parents, saying, "We love you forever and are so proud of you."
Or the letter from his two children.
"Thank you for all you have done. I'll grow up to make you proud," signed by Sis.
That is followed by a second note, saying, "You gave us the world and nothing can ever take that away. I'll make you proud," signed, "with love Jonathan."
"If you decide to sell a gun, you better think twice about who you are selling the gun to," said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Joe Hogsett.
In fact, he says in this case, the law is clear.
"Whether you pulled the trigger or not, you may very well be held accountable if you played any role in the loss of life of a police officer in the line of duty," he said.
Hogsett says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms does an exceptional job combing through the records, taking testimony and identifying those responsible.
So while the investigation goes on, the mourners keep coming.
"A police officer here to protect us and we need to show our support for him also," said Adrian Washington, just after he tied a balloon to Officer Bradway's car.
His wife, Beulah, was there as well.
"I just feel bad for the family and I just want to support them," she said.
The support is piling up, but almost buried in the back window of Bradway's cruiser, you see a short, handwritten note from his wife.
"Don't worry, baby! I got it from here. You will always be in our hearts and our home. Look down upon us and keep us safe from above," she wrote.
Many WTHR viewers have asked how they can help in the wake of the shooting death of Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Rod Bradway.
Donations may be made directly to the "Officer Bradway Family Fund" at the Professional Police Officers Credit Union located at 1502 E. Washington Street or call 317-327-2600.
Visitation for Officer Rod Bradway is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25 from 2-8 p.m. A flag presentation will begin promptly at 2 p.m.
Bradway's funeral will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday at 11 a.m. He will be buried afterwards in the Crown Hill Cemetery Heroes of Public Safety section.
The public is invited.