Lt. Aaron Allan, 38, of the Southport Police Department in Indiana, was killed by a man he was attempting to rescue from an overturned car, according to news reports.
Allan, who had once been honored for his service saving people, responded to calls of an overturned car in front of a house on Thursday afternoon. As Allan approached the scene of the car, he was fatally shot by a man hanging upside down from the seat in the vehicle.
“The Southport Police Department is mourning the tragic loss of Lieutenant Aaron Allan who was killed in the line of duty after he was shot while trying to help,” the department said in a statement. They also confirmed the identity of the suspect arrested Friday: 28-year-old Jason Brown.
Police officials haven’t released a potential motive for the incident. However, Traci Wagner, a longtime friend of Brown’s, claims the unprecedented shooting was completely “out of character” for him.
“There’s no winner in this situation,” Wagner told a local station, Fox59. “There’s no winner. There just isn’t. So many lives were ruined last night, yesterday by all of this.”
Allan in 2015 was recognized as officer of the year after he saved a man’s life at the Indiana State Fairground by performing chest compressions on the man for 10 minutes until help could arrive. He served the Southport Police Department for six years and had more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.
Allan, who now leaves behind a wife and a son heading into third grade, told The Southport Times after being recognized with a distinguished honor: “I’m very surprised. It’s part of the job. I’m overwhelmed.
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