INDIANAPOLIS — It’s a troubling trend that police in Indianapolis are noticing.
Over the last month, more police officers have had to fire their weapons in incidents where they are trying to deal with violent crime. In the last week, two people have been shot by police, one of them fatally. Both of the people shot were women.
“The fact that it’s two women is a coincidence,” said IMPD Lt. Shane Foley to WISH-TV. “Our officers don’t choose who these encounters are involved with. Quite frankly if they could choose to not have them at all that would be our choice.”
Jessia Leonard, 36, was the woman shot and killed by police last Friday. As officers were trying to track her down after she fled from them earlier in the day, they found her and they say she reached for a gun.
Jasmine Brame, 31, was the woman shot Wednesday. She is stable at the hospital after the incident. Police say they were trying to arrest her and as the incident progress, one of them saw she had a gun and fired a shot.
“She was a suspect in a shots-fired into a residence and home earlier this month,” Foley said of Brame. “She also had two warrants. One was for robbery. The second warrant was for domestic battery and carrying a handgun without a license.”
The officers that shot both of the women were wearing body cameras.