In the course of performing her duty, a police officer took fire Thursday night. Tragically, after emergency medical personnel transported her to the hospital, she succumbed to her wounds and died.
The shooting took place Thursday afternoon. A phone call alerted authorities to a domestic disturbance. They rushed to the east side of Indianapolis, arriving at the 1800 block of Edinburge Square, southwest of the intersection of 21st and North Franklin.
At around 2:50 pm, officers raced to the apartment mentioned in the phone call. As they arrived, gunshots rang out. 24-year-old Officer Breann Leath, charging into danger, took fire. Bullets struck both her and another woman within the apartment.
The other woman survived. Authorities said she suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
At the end of the incident, police arrested one suspect in connection with the shooting.
The death of Leath leaves behind a young son.
Officials, Institutions Mourn Death of Police Officer Breann Leath
Following her death, local officials expressed their sadness at the news. A daughter of the city, Leath attended Southport High School. Shen went on to serve in the Army National Guard prior to beginning her career in law enforcement. She served as an IMPD police officer for 2 and a half years. The daughter of a deputy sheriff father and a control operator mother, law enforcement ran in the family.
Mayor Hogsett commended her courage. “She heard the call and went toward that which could do her harm because she knew if she didn’t, harm may come to others,” said the mayor.
The chief of her police department, Randal Taylor, said, “She is the example of the type of officer we want on this department.”
Furthermore, the governor’s office, Perry Township Schools, and the Indiana National Guard all released statements mourning the loss of Leath and expressed gratitude.