Officer Kevin Ambrose
Shawn Bryan's 1-year-old daughter was in the Springfield, Mass., apartment during Monday afternoon's explosion of violence but she was not hurt.
The murder-suicide unfolded after Bryan's ex, Charlene Mitchell, 29, went to court Monday and took out an order of protection against him.
"He is a demon," she wrote in her application, saying he was physically abusive before they broke up last July, according to the Springfield Republican.
She said he was supposed to pick up a TV from her family over the weekend but didn't show and instead barraged her with text messages, including one that said; "I'm going to make you wish you were not born."
The judge ordered him to stay away from her, but at 1 p.m. Mitchell called 911 to say Bryan was on the way to the house and she feared for her life, police said.
Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose arrived at the scene to find Mitchell, 29, and Bryan outside. After a conversation, all three made their way up to the third-floor apartment.
Mitchell described him as mentally unstable and domineering.
"This is an unspeakable tragedy. We express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, his fellow officers in the Springfield Police Department and the City of Springfield."
Ambrose, 56, was married with two grown children and one grandchild. His brother is a police sergeant.