IMPD officer makes video honoring slain Officer Breann Leath
Video provided by IMPD Officer Ron Shelnutt, via IMPD.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis metropolitan police officer has produced a video in honor of his slain fellow officer, Breann Leath, who was shot and killed Thursday in the line of duty.
Officer Ron Shelnutt used video of Monument Circle from Thursday night, when the landmark was shrouded in blue light. Many places were planning to go blue as part of a nationwide movement called Light It Blue. But, the event took on a very different meaning and a very somber tone after the Leath’s death hours earlier. On Monument Circle, dozens of emergency vehicles with their lights flashing were surrounded by blue spotlights on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
Shelnutt’s video features the voice of Mayor Joe Hogsett speaking about the work of the police force and the service of Leath, mourning her death and encouraging the community to “light a candle, say a prayer, hug your family, and in that moment, remember how lucky we are to have brave men and brave women like Officer Leath, in our city tonight and every night.”
The #LightItBlue display at Monument Circle will continue each night until Leath is laid to rest, IMPD said.
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.
A woman inside the residence was also shot. She was taken to a hospital. Police describe her condition as stable. She has not been publicly identified by police.
IMPD on Friday announced the arrest of 27-year-old Elliahs Dorsey on preliminary charges of murder and attempted murder in the case.
A Friday police procession moved Leath from the downtown coroner’s office to Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery.
The Central Indiana Police Foundation has established a fund in Leath’s honor at the request of her family. The fund will served 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.