An Indianapolis police officer was shot and killed while responding to a car accident.
Southport Lieutenant Aaron Allan, 38, and another officer arrived on the scene of an overturned vehicle shortly after 2:30 p.m. on July 27. Moments later, one of the vehicle's occupants opened fire on the officers, hitting Allan multiple times.
A witness told WRTV the shots were fired by the driver of the vehicle, who was still upside down at the time. They recalled hearing "at least 20" shots.
Allan was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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"Lt. Allan was a hard worker and today was no different," Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn said during a press conference, according to WTTV. "He responded to a crash with urgency to preserve life and tragically his was lost. We appreciate the community support as we continue to work through the loss of our brother."
Allan's fellow officer, as well as an off-duty reserve deputy, shot back at the car and struck one of its occupants, both of whom were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
One of the men, identified as 28-year-old Jason Brown, was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder.
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The Indy Star reports that Brown was convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession in 2014 and has committed four traffic violations since 2009. Apart from that his record his reportedly clean.
Resident Bryan McGary said he was shocked to learn of the shooting.
"It's just hard to believe that this would happen here," he told WTTV. "I mean I've lived here since 1976 and we really haven’t had much ... We do have a lot of policemen in our area that live here so it’s just one of those things."
"It’s just sad that this kind of stuff happens," he added.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett issued the following statement after learning of Allan's death:
Today, Lieutenant Aaron Allan was doing what officers do each day: responding to the scene of an accident ready to help someone in their time of need. His death is a shocking and tragic reminder of the difficult, often dangerous work of police officers across Marion County. Together, our community grieves for the Allan family and for all the men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect our city and its citizens.
Allan was a six-year veteran of the force. He is survived by his wife and children.