Officers kill south side homeowner who fired shots at them, police say


Daniel Cedars (Photo courtesy of his wife)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A homeowner was killed after he shot at officers from his home on the south side of Indianapolis, police say.

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

Police say they responded to the home after dispatch received an incomplete 911 call. “We have a system that tracks the 911 calls and they can narrow it down within several feet,” said IMPD PIO Genae Cook.

As the officers arrived at the home, the homeowner began shooting at the officers. IMPD says the shots were coming from either inside the home or on the front porch.

The officers returned fire, and they hit the homeowner. Medics responded to the home, and they pronounced homeowner dead. He was identified by his wife as Daniel Cedars.

There were several other people inside the home at the time, but they were asleep.

“This is very early on. We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation. Any time this information can change as the detectives find out more,” Cook said.

Cedars' wife, Gloria Cloud, said her husband was a retired police officer, but IMPD said he was never with their department. Washington Township Schools says Cedar was employed as a security captain for them from 1978-1991.

"He wouldn’t have pulled [a gun]," said Cloud, "I’m not saying he didn’t, but I know he had a gun, but he wouldn’t have shot at a cop."

Cloud said she and Cedars had been married for three years. She believes their 10-year-old grandson is the one who initially called 911, but she isn't sure why.

"I wish I knew some answers," said Cloud, "I don’t know if I’ll ever know the answers.”

IMPD says detectives are currently talking with the officers, and also with any witnesses, neighbors, and they’re canvassing the area.

Police say the incident will be investigated by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office which is standard procedure for their department.

“This is a tragedy for everyone involved, not just the homeowner and his family, but also for the officers involved,” Cook said.

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