Officer shot dead when arrived at the scene of a car crash in an Indianapolis suburb

Lt. Aaron Allen of the Southport Police Department, 38,  was the first officer to arrive at the scene of a car crash at around 2:30 p.m. near the area of Madison Avenue and Maynard Drive, in Homecroft, a small  Indianapolis suburb, on Thursday afternoon. A car  had flipped off a roadway and rolled into the front yard of a home.

When the officer approached things went wrong,  he  was suddenly fatally shot multiple times by a person in the wrecked car. What prompted the shooter to fire at Allan was unclear.He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Two officers who arrived at the crash scene fired their guns at the killer on the car. That person and a second occupant, who was injured in the crash, were taken to the Eskenazi Hospital  and were being held there by the police. They are expected to survive.

Scene of the incident

The suspect was identified as Jason Brown, 28. Hendricks County court records show Brown was convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession in 2014. A judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail. Lieutenant Allen joined the Southport Police Department six years ago. He was named first-ever officer of the year in 2015 for his actions to save a man’s life at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It was married and had a son. The Southport Police Department is a force of about 30 officers who are unpaid volunteers. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released a statement regarding Lt. Allan's death saying the incident was "tragic" and "shocking."