HERO DOWN: Indianapolis police officer killed responding to domestic violence call

An Indianapolis police officer was shot and killed Thursday afternoon as she and other officers responded to a domestic violence call on the city’s east side, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Breann Leath, 24, had been with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department for 2 1/2 years, after a stint in the Army National Guard, Fox 59 reported. She was a native of the city.

“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,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said.

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Hogsett also ordered Indianapolis flags to half staff to honor Leath and asked residents light up the city in blue.

Leath and two other officers responded to the call at an apartment complex shortly before 3 p.m., police said. When they arrived, someone inside opened fire. Leath and a woman inside the apartment were hit.

Both women were taken to the hospital, where Leath succumbed to her injuries. IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said the other woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and that a suspect was in custody.

Leath, the mother of a young son, was steeped in law enforcement. Her father is a Marion County sheriff’s deputy, and her mother is an emergency dispatcher with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

“She is the example of the type of officer we want on this department,” Taylor said.

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[Featured image: Breann Leath/Indianpolis Metro Police Department]