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Police Officer Shot Dead While Helping At Crash Scene

The world up side down! An Indiana police lieutenant was killed while trying to help at the scene of a car crash on Thursday, police said. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department reported the death of Lt. Aaron Allan of the police division in Southport, just outside of Indianapolis. It was the division’s first line-of-duty death. The shooting occurred Thursday at about 2:30 p.m., when Allan and an officer from the Homecroft Police responded to a report of an accident, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.”As Lt. Allan approached the crashed vehicle to help, shots were fired by one of their car’s occupants,” police said in a statement.

According to ABC affiliate RTV6 at Indianapolis, a witness at the scene said the motorist was upside down in the car when he started shooting at Allan.

The Homecroft police officer “and an off-duty Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy, who’d stopped to assist, returned fire shooting one of the occupants of the crashed car,” police said. “Both people in the car were taken to Eskenazi Hospital, one for injuries sustained from the arrest and another from the injuries he sustained during the crash.”

Allan, 38, a husband and father, was hospitalized and later died, authorities said. Jason Brown, 28, from Indianapolis, was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to authorities, though he hasn’t yet been officially charged. The Marion County Prosecutors Office will make this decision later, police said, based on the investigation continuing.

The car’s passenger was questioned as a witness and later released by police, authorities said. Officer Allan’s death has left the law enforcement community in grieve. He had over 20 years of law enforcement experience and almost six decades of service with the Southport Police Department, the police said.

Based on RTV6, Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn said, “When a taxpayer or somebody needed help, Allan would be among the first man that was there. … He was very involved in the community and was always reaching out to the youth. “In 2015, Allan was appointed Officer of the Year after saving two lives one year earlier, RTV6 reported.

“They had a man in cardiac arrest when he was working part-time in the fairgrounds and he saved his life,” Vaughn said, based on RTV6. “He also had another incident where somebody had overdosed on heroin and he was there with the overdose antidote Narcan. He had been searching for about two hours in the rain just to find her.”

His mother told me today that he’d always wanted to be a policeman,” Vaughn said, based on RTV6. “He took that to heart.”The Southport Police wrote on Twitter, “Please keep Lt. Allan and his family in your thoughts.”The Indiana State Police tweeted, “We grieve with @SouthportPD over the loss of Lt. Aaron Allen.”

Article source: ABC News

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