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Fallen IMPD Officer Breann Leath laid to rest

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Fallen Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Breann Leath will be laid to rest Thursday.

Leath was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, a graduate of Southport High School and a member of the Army National Guard. She was also the mother to a young child.

The 24-year-old officer was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute just after 2:45 p.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of Edinburge Square at an apartment complex located southeast of the I-70 interchange with I-465.

Leath is the 62nd line-of-duty death of an Indianapolis police officer. She had been with IMPD for 2-1/2 years.

The Central Indiana Police Foundation has established a fund in Leath’s honor at the request of her family. The fund will serve as the official fundraiser to accept donations on behalf of the family, to assist with burial arrangements and to provide a trust for her young son.

Funeral service and processional details released for slain IMPD officer

The department released details about Leath’s funeral Wednesday afternoon. Leath’s body will be driven from Crown Hill to Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 7 a.m. Thursday. The following route was announced:

  • 38th St. west to Lafayette Rd
  • Lafayette Rd south to Tibbs
  • Tibbs south to 16th St.
  • 16th St. west  to IMS Gate 2

Family members will gather to pay their final respects to Leath for a private funeral service at IMS beginning at 11 a.m.

Dozens of vehicles will participate in a police-escorted procession immediately after the private ceremony. The procession is expected to begin around 12:30 p.m. and will end at Crown Hill Cemetery Heroes of Public Safety. IMPD provided the following processional route:

  • East on 16th St. to Meridian St.
  • South on Meridian St. to Monument Circle.
  • ¾ around the Circle to E/B E Market St.
  • Eastbound on Monument Circle East Market.
  • East on Market St. to Alabama St.
  • South on Alabama to Maryland St.
  • East on Maryland St. to Washington St.
  • East on Washington St. to Shortridge Rd.
  • West into the Access road to East District Headquarters.
  • Pause at East District Headquarters for the 1042 broadcast.
  • Continue around the perimeter of East district exiting onto N. Shadeland Ave.
  • North on Shadeland Ave. to I70 westbound.
  • I70 westbound to I65 North.
  • I65 North to the 29th St. Exit 116.
  • East on 29th St. to N. Illinois St.
  • North on Illinois St. to W. 34th St.
  • West on 34th St. to the entrance of Crown Hill Cemetery Heroes of Public Safety.

IMPD announces arrest of suspect in officer’s shooting

On Friday, IMPD announced the arrest of a suspect in Leath’s fatal shooting.

Elliahs Dorsey, 27, is facing multiple charges including one murder count and four counts of attempted murder, according to online court records.

Dorsey told police he woke up Thursday morning and smoked marijuana. He said he “has been feeling different” and believed the woman whose apartment he had slept over at “was trying to set him up.” He heard the woman on the phone saying “you need to come get him.”

Not long after, Dorsey told police, there was a knock at the door and he started firing through the door with his Kel-Tec PRL-16, a semi-automatic pistol. He said he fired at the door five times.

Leath was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The unidentified woman Dorsey was staying with was also transported to the hospital. Police say she was also shot and her condition was considered stable.

According to online court records, due to COVID-19 Dorsey made an initial court appearance via videoconferencing on Tuesday.

A jury trial has been scheduled for Aug. 17.

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