April 9, 2020

IMPD Officer Killed Responding To Domestic Disturbance

IMPD Officer Breann Leath, 24, was fatally shot Thursday, April 9 while responding to a domestic violence call. - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

IMPD Officer Breann Leath, 24, was fatally shot Thursday, April 9 while responding to a domestic violence call.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer has died, she was shot in the line of duty. 

Officer Breann Leath was 24 years old.  She was responding to a domestic disturbance call shortly after 2:45 p.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of Edinburge Square on the city’s east side.  Police say as officers knocked on the door of the apartment, shots were fired through the building, striking Leath. 

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says Leath turned toward danger. 

"There could be no doubt to any who heard it that danger lay on the other end of that address," says Hogsett. 

IMPD Chief Randal Taylor says Leath came from a family of law enforcement professionals.

"An officer that had the desire to be a police officer since she was a child," says Taylor. 

Hogsett says Leath was a mother and an Indianapolis native.

"She heard the call and she went bravely toward that which could do her harm," says Hogsett. 

A female civilian was also shot and taken to Methodist Hospital in stable condition. Police have a suspect in custody. 

IMPD has not lost an officer in the line of duty since 2014, Officer Perry Renn.

Hogsett directed that flags be lowered to half-staff across the city.

 

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