INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Officer Kimberlee Carmack claimed she was the victim of an abusive six-year relationship and feared for her life, according to court records obtained by I-Team 8.
IMPD says it began investigating issues between the two officers in February.
But a copy of the petition obtained by I-Team 8 shows Carmack told her commander in September 2013 that her estranged husband Sgt. Ryan Anders was harassing her–noting in the court record filed March 31 that she was afraid for her life.
I-Team 8 obtained a copy of the order on Friday, less than a day after the two were found fatally shot Thursday night in Indianapolis –the victims of an apparent murder-suicide. IMPD Chief Rick Hite told reporters during a morning news conference that Anders forced his way into the home shooting.
“Multiple shots were fired at her, striking her, killing her, and summarily turning the gun on himself,” Chief Rick Hite told reporters during a news conference Friday morning.
In the petition, Carmack points to one incident in September of 2013 where she claims Anders showed up at her home uninvited. During that incident, an argument ensued over her phone and ended with Carmack closing a back door on her own hand, the records state.
She writes: “I reported it to my commander even though I was afraid Ryan would retaliate against me.” It goes on to say, “he has showed up unexpectedly in several situations” and later “I am extremely afraid for my life.”
Two other incidents are noted where Carmack claims she felt threatened–one on Feb. 17, where she claims Anders claimed she was having affairs and stole her phone away as she tried to text a commander. Another incident dated March 24–Carmack claims Anders followed her on Interstate 70, intimidating her with stares and driving too close.
In that incident, she writes “he has received orders from Sgt. Snyder to not have contact with me, but he continues to disregard.”
Sgt. Kendale Adams, a spokesman for IMPD, says the incident in September was reported to commanders, but added that Carmack admitted she injured her own hand in the incident and made no mention that she feared for her life.
That detail, Adams said, appeared in the petition for the protective order, which was issued March 31. A hearing on the matter was set for April 29, Hite said.
While the petition represents just one side in this case, Chief Hite said there was “innuendo” and allegations from both parties.
“We looked at the allegations on both sides there were issues that we know for a fact were challenging for us as an agency,” Hite said. “There were stories they shared relatively to both their acts and that’s why we took swift action putting them on administrative leave and removing them of their weapons.”
Hite said Carmack was appointed a domestic violence advocate, both were given “safe places” to stay and provided the opportunity for psychological counseling. It’s not clear how much either officer used those resources.
Hite added that both Carmack and Anders checked in frequently with officers within the department, adding that there was additional surveillance and monitoring for Anders, though he would not elaborate.
He did say that Anders arrived at the shooting scene Thursday night, “in a vehicle that was not his own.”
Hite said IMPD learned of this fractured relationship through a tip on Feb. 18 and formerly interviewed the pair on March 12, placing them on leave, taking their department issued weapons and appointing them safe places to stay.