IMPD Deputy Chief Chris Bailey talks about two people who were shot, including an officer who was responding to a domestic violence call on Thursday, April 9, 2020..

Indianapolis Star

An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was killed in the line of duty after responding to a domestic disturbance call on the city’s east side Thursday afternoon.

Here’s what we know about Breann Leath and the shooting.

Officer Breann Leath

Leath is the first IMPD officer to be killed in the line of duty since 2014.

She was a graduate of Southport High School and of the IMPD’s 16th recruit class and comes from a law enforcement family, according to an IMPD Facebook post from February 2019. Her mother is a longtime public safety dispatcher, police said, and her father is a reserve deputy at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

When Leath wasn’t on duty, she enjoyed spending time with her young son. She recently taught him to ride a bicycle for the first time.

The east side disturbance call

Leath and two other officers responded to a domestic disturbance call around 3 p.m., at an apartment complex near 21st Street and Shadeland Avenue on the city’s east side.

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As they approached an apartment, shots were fired “through the structure,” IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said. Leath and a female shooting victim at the apartment were taken to hospitals, police said.

Leath died of her injuries.

The suspect

IMPD has said they have a suspect in custody and are questioning that individual. The department has not released any additional information about the suspect.

The other female victim

IMPD has not released any information about the woman who was shot inside the apartment, including what her relationship was to the suspect. The extent of her injuries was not immediately known, but she is expected to recover. She was also taken to Eskenazi Hospital.

IMPD officer deaths

Leath is the first member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Force to be killed in the line of duty since 2014,when Officer Perry Wayne Renn, a 22-year IMPD veteran, was shot and killed by Major Davis, 25, on the city’s east side.

Davis was sentenced to life in prison in 2017 without the possibility of parole.

Leath is also the first female IMPD officer to be killed since Officer Teresa Hawkins in 1993. 

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