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Prosecutor’s office seeks death penalty for man accused of killing IMPD officer

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The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office has requested the death penalty for Elliahs Dorsey, who is charged with the murder of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Breann Leath.

Dorsey, 28, is accused of killing Leath on April 9, 2020, while Leath and other officers responded to a domestic disturbance call involving Dorsey. According to the charging documents, police knocked on the door twice, and Dorsey shot through the door.

Leath was shot in the head twice and died at a hospital.

In the request for the death penalty, filed Jan. 26, the prosecutor’s office cites Dorsey shooting Leath while she was “acting in the course of her duty as a law enforcement officer” as an aggravating circumstance that warrants the death penalty.

Dorsey faces charges of murder, criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon, battery and four counts of attempted murder.

In a statement, IMPD said the announcement is an opportunity to “reflect on all that Officer Breann Leath gave to her community in her all-too-short time with us.”

“Officer Leath demonstrated what it means to be a dedicated public servant, and set an example that we all strive to live up to every day,” the statement said. “She was committed to her community and giving back. She was committed to helping victims of domestic violence. She was committed to running towards danger when others would run away. She was committed to helping her fellow man, woman, and child.”

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