SOUTHPORT, Ind. – The man accused of fatally shooting Southport Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Allan has been identified.
A police report says the suspect in this case is 28-year-old Jason Brown, who was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder. Brown and an unidentified individual who was with Brown are in police custody at the hospital.
Police say the shooting occurred when Allan and a Homecroft Police Department officer responded to the scene of a crash near Maynard Drive and Madison Avenue on Thursday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. The driver crashed through a fence, and the car flipped over.
As Allan approached the car to render aid to the occupants in the vehicle, Brown allegedly started shooting at the officer, and Allan was hit multiple times. He was transported to Eskenazi Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
It is unclear why the suspect fired shots at Allan.
Police say the Homecroft officer and an off-duty Johnson County reserve deputy, who stopped to assist, returned fire during the incident, striking one of the two individuals in the overturned vehicle. One of the individuals sustained injuries from an officer’s gunshot, while the other suffered injuries in the crash. Those injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, police say.
During a press conference Thursday, Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn said Lt. Allan was a 6-year veteran with the department and he had nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience.
“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 Chief Vaugh. “We appreciate the community support as we continue to work through the loss of our brother.”
Chief Vaughn set up a GoFundMe account for Allan’s family. Click the link if you’d like to contribute.
We will continue to update this story with more information when it is made available.