An Indianapolis police officer was shot by a person trapped inside a vehicle wreck that he was trying to help. Lt. Aaron Allan approached the overturned car to help the two people trapped inside when one of them shot and killed the officer. The incident occurred on July 27 at around 2:30 p.m.
Other officers on the scene returned fire, hitting the shooter. Both occupants were pulled from the wreckage and taken to Eskenazi Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The officer was also taken to Eskenazi Hospital, but died there from being struck by at least one bullet at the crash site.
Both occupants are being held in detention pending an investigation.
Allan was 38 years old and served with the Southport Police Department for almost six years. Southport is an area in Indianapolis, Indiana. Allan had worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, according to a press release from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
“Lt. Allan was a hard worker and today was no different. He responded to a crash with urgency to preserve life and tragically his was lost,” said Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn at a press conference, as reported by CBS4.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett sent out a number of tweets in remembrance of Lt. Allan.