Hite: Rocky relationship led to murder-suicide, officer determined to carry out plan

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 18, 2014) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite provided more insight Friday into the tumultuous relationship that led to the deaths of two IMPD officers in a murder-suicide case.

A SWAT team was dispatched around 5:40 p.m. Thursday to a house in the 2400 block of Inishmore Court. Sgt. Ryan Anders and Officer Kimberlee Carmack were found dead inside.

During a Friday morning update, Hite acknowledged that the two officers had a rocky relationship. Their divorce was finalized in October 2013. Both were counseled after domestic violence issues were reported, and an investigation into the domestic violence issues started March 12. A domestic violence advocate was assigned to Carmack, Hite said. A protective order took effect on March 31, and the case was turned over to prosecutors.

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Kim Carmack

Carmack was staying in a safe place away from the house; she eventually returned home.

“(Anders) arrived at the scene in a vehicle that was not his own,” Hite said. He said police were monitoring Anders but didn’t specify how.

Anders entered the home through the back door. He shot Carmack multiple times before killing himself, said police.

“We looked at the allegations on both sides,” Hite said of the “back-and-forth issues” in the officers’ relationship. He acknowledged that the difficulties between Anders and Carmack were challenging for the department.

Hite said there were “daily check-ins” with Carmack to make sure she was OK. Police had taken department-issued weapons away from both officers.

Hite said the department had done what it could to help both officers and described Anders as “determined” to carry out the plot.