INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Police arrested the man accused of murdering IMPD Officer Breann Leath.
Elliahs Dorsey, 27, faces preliminary charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with the shooting death.
Leath, 24, was one of the officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex on the city’s east side Thursday afternoon.
Police claim Dorsey fired a series of gunshots from behind a closed door into an apartment hallway, hitting officer Leath. Officers on scene did not return fire.
For the first time neighbors are describing the chaotic scene leading up to the death.
“There were gunshots and then her falling down the steps,” said neighbor Deschantrice Smith.
Smith lives in the apartment building and heard the accused killer Elliahs Dorsey claim he didn’t believe he’d actually shot at police.
“After she fell down the steps you heard a woman yell ‘No’ and a man yell ‘That’s not the real damn police,’” said Smith.
After the gunfire, Smith described how uniformed officers rescued Leath from the apartment landing and dragged her to the parking lot where they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
“My friend was a nurse her and she was debating whether to run out and do CPR because first response wasn’t here, but she didn’t know how safe it was to even run out,” said Smith.
“It’s absolutely heart wrenching to know officer Leath lost her life trying to help someone else,” said Kelly McBride with the Domestic Violence Network.
A search of court records shows aside from a speeding ticket in Henry County, Dorsey did not have a criminal history in Indianapolis.
Experts believe that illustrates how domestic violence calls can be the most unpredictable.
“We do know as advocates that domestic violence calls are the most dangerous for police to go on,” said McBride.
For her part, Smith remembers the emotional toll officer Leath’s death took on her fellow officers as they stayed to investigate the crime scene.
“They were all crying and sad thinking about what happened to the young lady,” said Smith.
Ultimately it will be up to the prosecutor’s office to file formal charges.