Woman killed in police shooting following investigation into vehicle that fled traffic stop

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INDIANAPOLIS — An investigation is underway after an officer-involved shooting ended with a woman killed on Indy’s near northwest side.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the shooting happened in the 500 block of Eugene Street. The IMPD said a woman was killed in the shooting.

A preliminary investigation into the shooting indicates it happened as officers were investigating after a vehicle fled a traffic stop. That attempted traffic stop took place in the 3800 block of Doctor M.L.K. Jr Street just before 1:30 p.m. Friday.

A white woman driving a Honda Pilot fled as officers attempted to make a traffic stop for an infraction. The IMPD said as per protocol, they did not pursue the vehicle.

About an hour later, police found a vehicle matching the description in the 500 block of Eugene Street. As they were investigating and towing the vehicle, they saw a white woman on the porch.

The IMPD said officers went to speak to her and she displayed a firearm on her. Police say officers told her not to touch the firearm, but she reached for it.

Four officers fired their firearms, hitting the woman. The IMPD said officers then went to render first aid until medical units could arrive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 36-year-old Jessie Leonard.

The IMPD noted that they could not confirm that the woman was the same woman from the original stop, or if she lived at the home the shooting took place at.

An investigation is underway as of the time of this report. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

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