Indianapolis officer’s funeral will follow social distancing

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An Indianapolis police officer who was fatally shot last week while responding to a domestic violence call will be laid to rest Thursday following funeral services at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that were planned to adhere to social distancing rules because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In contrast to previous funerals for fallen officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officers won’t gather together at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, as they have in recent years, during Thursday’s services for Officer Breann “Bre” Leath, 24.

Instead, before the private service begins at the famed track, Leath’s family will be driven around the speedway, where officers’ patrol cars will be parked.

Leath’s family and invited guests will then enter suites at the speedway for a religious service, with no more than 10 people per suite, in observance of social distancing rules. Officers won’t be on hand, but will be able to watch a livestream on their phones or laptops from inside their vehicles.

When the services are completed, a funeral procession will leave the track and travel past IMPD headquarters, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department headquarters, downtown Indianapolis’ Monument Circle and IMPD’s East District headquarters before proceeding to Crown Hill Cemetery for burial.

Members of the public who step outside to watch the procession are asked to adhere to social distancing rules as well.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has directed that flags across Marion County be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday in observance of Leath’s funeral.

Leath was shot to death through an apartment’s door on April 9 while responding with three other officers to a domestic violence call, police said.

Elliahs Dorsey, 27, was formally charged Tuesday with one count of murder in her killing. Dorsey, who was arrested shortly after the shooting, also faces one count of criminal confinement and four counts of attempted murder.

This June 14, 2018 photo provided by the Indianapolis Police Department shows Indianapolis Police Officer Breann Leath. Elliahs Dorsey has been formally charged with murder in the slaying of Leath who authorities say was shot through an apartment’s door while responding to a domestic violence call. Dorsey was charged Tuesday, April 14, 2020 with one count of murder in last Thursday’s killing of Officer Leath. (Indianapolis Police Department via AP)
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