Homeowner killed in shootout with police on Indy’s south side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An Indianapolis man was shot to death Monday during an apparent shootout with police inside his own home.

The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. in the 6200 block of Monteo Drive, a residential street near Edgewood and Harding.

It’s still a very active investigation, but investigators believe the homeowner fired the first shot and that forced officers to return fire.

Investigators say two IMPD officers responding to an incomplete 911 call came under fire by a homeowner, whose wife awoke to the noise.

“When I came to help my husband they were on the PA telling me to come out with my hands up,” recalls Gloria Cloud.

In the initial overnight chaos, Gloria admits she didn’t even realize her husband had been shot by the police.

“I didn’t know it was police. I assumed it was a robber,” said Cloud.

Gloria says her husband, 65-year-old Daniel Cedars, worked security in Washington Township for years and doubts he would have intentionally shot at the two officers.

“I know he had a gun, but he wouldn’t have shot at a cop. He was retired from the police department. He might have been shooting at somebody else,” said Cloud.

Several bullets broke the glass on the front door of the home and left a side window shattered. A spokesperson for IMPD spoke only once about the case for a few minutes in the rain overnight and confirmed neither officer was injured in the shooting.

“You know this is a tragedy for everyone involved, for the homeowner and his family, but also for the officers involved,” said IMPD officer Genae Cook.

Gloria believes her 10-year-old grandson may have accidentally called police setting off the deadly encounter, but admits there’s still a lot she doesn’t understand about why officers shot her husband.

“There’s no way he pulled a gun. Like I said he had a gun, but he would not have shot at a cop,” said Cloud. “I mean he has so much respect for police. He would have not done that. He would have not pulled a gun on them.”

Washington Township Schools says Cedar was employed as a security captain for them from 1978-1991.

IMPD Internal Affairs and the Marion County prosecutors office are investigating the case. In the meantime, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.