Police Officer Shot Assisting Accident Victims

Authorities in Indianapolis, Indiana are morning the shooting death of a fellow officer while he was responding to a traffic crash. According to the department, lieutenant Aaron Allan, 38-years-old, of the Southport Police Department, was killed while when he responded to an emergency call of people trapped inside an overturned vehicle. Lt Allan was a six year veteran of the department, but had more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.

Allan, was shot about 2.30pm yesterday according to Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn said 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.’

Sgt Kendale Adams of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told reporters at a news conference that Allan died later in the afternoon at Eskenazi Hospital. According to Adams: ‘Shots were fired by one of the vehicle’s occupants as Lt. Allan approached it striking the Southport lieutenant.’ Allan was hit several times and was unable to draw his weapon or return fire.

Sgt. Adams said; In addition to Allan, there were two other officers at the scene, including one who was off-duty at the time. They both returned fire, striking a person inside the vehicle. Both the shooter and a second person in the car had been injured in the accident and were taken into custody and later transported to a nearby hospital. Both were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Police did not release their names or discuss a motive for the shooting.

During a press conference last night, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett called Allan’s death ‘a shocking and tragic reminder of the difficult, often dangerous work of police officers.’

Neighborhood resident Bryan McGary told WXIN-TV the shooting was unusual for the area adding; ‘It’s just hard to believe that this would happen here. 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.’


R.L. Grimes

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