Indianapolis News and HeadlinesIndianapolis Local NewsIndianapolis


Woman pronounced dead after officer-involved incident at east side Indy church

Posted at 6:50 PM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-09 13:23:29-05

INDIANAPOLIS — On Friday evening, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced that the female who was in critical condition after an officer-involved incident has been taken off of life support.

Eleanor Northington, 43, had been involved in, what IMPD dispatchers say was, a disturbance at an east side church on Wednesday night.

When officers arrived, they were advised that Northington was possibly having a mental health crisis and became combative with the congregation, according to Genae Cook with IMPD.

After assaulting an officer, officers were able to restrain and place her in handcuffs. After doing so, they realized she was not breathing, removed the handcuffs and began CPR. According to IMPD officials, more than 20 people were in the church and witnessed the incident. They are cooperating with detectives.

The names of the officers involved will not be released at this time.

The Marion County Coroner's Office will preform an autopsy to determine both the cause and manner of Northington's death.

This investigation remain ongoing.