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April 18, 2014

2 Indianapolis officers dead in murder-suicide

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A suspended Indianapolis police sergeant and his police officer ex-wife died in an apparent murder-suicide, the city police chief said.

Officers called to Officer Kimberlee Carmack's home in a neighborhood on the city's far west side Thursday evening found the bodies of Carmack and Sgt. Ryan Anders, Chief Rick Hite said. They had been shot to death.

Carmack had obtained a protective order against Anders, who was on administrative leave and had surrendered his department weapons, Hite said at a Thursday news conference.

"We had concerns about both of them," Hite said. "They were counseled. They were given directions, and we also were made aware of his (Anders') whereabouts."

Court records show the couple's divorce was finalized in October. It wasn't immediately clear how long they had been married or why the protective order was issued.

Carmack was a 20-year veteran of the department. Anders had been on the police force for nine years and was promoted to sergeant in 2011.

Hite said a rear door had been forced open at Carmack's home. Police officers surrounded the house before a SWAT team entered and found the two officers dead.

The city's Fraternal Order of Police opened its headquarters Thursday night to offer counseling to officers.

FOP President Bill Owensby told WTHR-TV that Carmack and Anders were both well-liked members of the 1,500-office police force. He said Anders was the son of a retired city police officer, while Carmack's son is an officer.

"When you look at how many families and close friends are affected by this, it's really unfathomable," Owensby said.

Mayor Greg Ballard called it a "very difficult" time for the city.

"This one hurts very, very deeply," he said.

Nyree Prior, a neighbor of Carmack, said she never expected such violence.

"You would literally look at her and think everything was fine," she told WISH-TV. "She didn't wear it on her face. She was always pleasant."

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