A routine call quickly turned tragic Thursday for Lt. Aaron Allan, a 38-year-old volunteer police lieutenant in Southport, an enclave of under 2,000 residents in Indianapolis.
Allan, who was named Officer of the Year in 2015, was fatally shot when responding to a report of a flipped car by one of the vehicle’s occupants.
Allan and an officer from the nearby Homecroft Police Department responded to the call about 3 p.m. Thursday, police said.
As Allan approached to offer assistance, one of its two occupants began shooting at him multiple times, fatally striking him, police said. It’s unclear what prompted the shooter to fire and further details were not immediately available.
Immediately, the Homecroft police officer, who has not been named, and an off-duty Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy who happened to be nearby, returned fire and hit the shooter. One witness told RTV6 there were at least 20 shots.
Both occupants suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to the nearby Eskenazi Hospital in police custody, the Associated Press reported.
Bryan McGary, a resident of the neighborhood, told AP, “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.”
Betty Strohm, another neighbor who called the shooting “devastating,” was also surprised.
“This is a great neighborhood,” Strohm told the Indy Star. “Everybody watches out for everybody here.”
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Travis M. Andrews