Indiana Police Officer Fatally Shot While Responding To One-car Wreck By Gunman Who Was Upside Down

An Indiana police offi­cer was fatal­ly shot while respond­ing to a car wreck by a gun­man who repeat­ed­ly fired his weapon despite being upside down in his vehi­cle.

Lt. Aaron Allan of the Southport Police Department was respond­ing to a call Thursday regard­ing peo­ple trapped inside a car that had flipped over in Indianapolis. As he approached the vehi­cle, Allan was shot mul­ti­ple times and lat­er died at a near­by hos­pi­tal.

Two oth­er offi­cers at the scene — includ­ing one who was off-duty — returned fire, wound­ing the shoot­er, iden­ti­fied by the Indianapolis Star as Jason Brown.

Brown has been arrest­ed on a pre­lim­i­nary charge of mur­der, accord­ing to the news­pa­per. Brown and a sec­ond per­son injured in the crash were hos­pi­tal­ized and in cus­tody with non-life-threat­en­ing injuries.

You show up to a vehi­cle acci­dent and I don’t want to say we let our guard down, but that’s not what we are look­ing for,” Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn said, accord­ing to WISH.

We are look­ing to help that per­son in the car. It is hard to imag­ine why this inci­dent hap­pened when he was there to help that per­son who was in that acci­dent.”

Allan, 38, had near­ly 20 years of law enforce­ment expe­ri­ence, accord­ing to Vaughn. He was a six-year vet­er­an of the depart­ment.

Lt. Aaron Allan displays an award he won during his law enforcement career.

Lt. Aaron Allan displays an award he won during his law enforcement career.

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Lieutenant Allan was a hard work­er, and today was no dif­fer­ent. He respond­ed to a crash with urgency to pre­serve life. Tragically, his was lost,” Vaughn said at Thursday’s press con­fer­ence.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett called Allan’s death “a shock­ing and trag­ic reminder of the dif­fi­cult, often dan­ger­ous work of police offi­cers.”

Allan had pre­vi­ous­ly told a local news­pa­per that he want­ed to be an offi­cer ever since he was a child, accord­ing to the Star. Vaughn said Allan’s nick­name was “Teddy Bear.”

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Allan’s nickname was “Teddy Bear.”

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That’s because he tried to act real macho, but when a cit­i­zen or some­one need­ed help, he was one of the first guys that were there,” Vaughn said, accord­ing to the Star. “He didn’t always like that nick­name, but it fits him.”

Local res­i­dent Bryan McGary told WXIN that the shoot­ing was unusu­al for the area.

It’s just hard to believe that this would hap­pen here,” McGary told the sta­tion. “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 lives here so it’s just one of those things.”

Southport is an enclave with­in the city lim­its of Indianapolis. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/indiana-police-officer-killed-responding-car-wreck-article‑1.3364596