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Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Friday April 10th, 2020 :: 05:15 p.m. EDT


CORRECTION: UPDATE: IMPD Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

INDIANAPOLIS- The following is an update on the Officer Involved Shooting 1800 block of Edinburge Square. The information provided is preliminary and subject to change.
On April 9, 2020, at approximately 2:46pm, someone involved in domestic disturbance at the above address called 9-1-1. As a result of that call, officers were dispatched to the address. Four officers, including Officer Breann Leath, approached the apartment from where the 911 call was made. The disturbance involved a boyfriend and girlfriend.
Shortly after arriving, officers called out “shot fired”  and an “officer down” on the radio. The officers had not yet made verbal contact with those inside the apartment. The officers were outside the apartment when shots were fired. The shots came from a suspect inside the apartment. Officers backed out of the hallway unable at that time to bring Officer Leath with them.
A Sergeant on scene created a Rescue Team, and when the team of officers reentered the apartment building they pulled Officer Leath to safety and found another female victim  in the hallway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The suspect in this incident was still armed and inside the apartment. No shots were fired by officers during this incident. After rescuing the officer and civilian victim, the suspect was taken into custody.
Indianapolis EMS transported Officer Leath to Eskenazi Hospital, and the second female victim to Methodist Hospital. Despite the best life-saving efforts of the medical personnel involved, doctors at Eskenazi Hospital pronounced Officer Leath deceased. The second victim is in stable condition.
This investigation is being handled by the IMPD Critical Incident Response Team. The suspect was arrested and preliminarily charged with Murder and Attempted Murder. The Marion County Prosecutor will review the case and make a final charging decision.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317.262.8477 or (TIPS). Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to to submit a web tip. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000 if the information leads to a felony arrest.
IMPD thanks the community for the outpouring of support since the tragic loss of Officer Breann Leath. IMPD has been made aware of funds that have been established without the consent of Officer Leath's family. We remind members of the community who feel moved to contribute money on her behalf to ensure the funds they donate to are in line with the wishes of her family. An announcement on donation opportunities and other opportunities to honor Officer Leath are forthcoming.

This investigation is in the beginning stages and as it continues some preliminary information has the potential to change. We do not anticipate releasing any new information this weekend.

A charge of a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
50 N Alabama St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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