Mayor Ballard curtails Europe trip after IMPD officer death

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City leaders are offering their condolences after an Indianapolis Metro Police Officer died in the line of duty overnight Thursday.

Officer Rod Bradway was killed while responding to a domestic violence call.

Mayor Greg Ballard will not participate in the Indy Chamber Leadership Exchange in Cologne, Germany as originally planned. He is making arrangements to return to Indianapolis.

The mayor's office issued this statement:

"The City of Indianapolis lost a decorated hero, husband and father today. Officer Rod Bradway gave his life protecting the people of our community by charging ahead to confront the unknown. I ask the citizens of Indianapolis to join me in keeping Officer Bradway's family, friends and brothers and sisters in IMPD in their thoughts a prayers."

From The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition:

"Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy is with the family of Officer Rod Bradway and all the heroes who courageously wear the IMPD uniform to protect and serve our city."

From Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry:

"We are reminded again by the horrible events of this morning that evil lives among us. We are able to live in relative safety in our community because public safety officers such as Officer Rod Bradway are willing to confront such evil every day with full knowledge of the risks of doing so. As partners in public safety, the women and men of the Marion County Prosecutor's Office grieve for the loss of Officer Bradway. Our prayers go out to Officer Bradway's wife, children, and family, as well as to all public safety officers who serve our community. May we never forget the sacrifice of Officer Bradway and that of all public safety officers lost in the line of duty."