A horrifying incident took place in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday when a police officer was gunned down while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of the city.
Daily Mail reported that Lt Aaron Allan, of the Southport Police Department, was shot dead while responding to a call about a crash with people trapped inside a vehicle at around 2:30pm.
“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. “We appreciate the community support as we continue to work through the loss of our brother.”
“Shots were fired by one of the vehicle’s occupants, striking the Southport lieutenant,” added Sgt Kendale Adams of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Two other officers at the scene, including one who was off-duty, returned fire and struck one of the occupants of the car. That person and another individual who was injured in the crash remain hospitalized at this time with non-life threatening injuries.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released a statement Thursday night saying that Allan’s death was “a shocking and tragic reminder of the difficult, often dangerous work of police officers.” He added that the city is grieving for the Allan family.
Neighborhood resident Bryan McGary lamented that a shooting like this is unusual for the area.
“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,” McGary said.
This serves as a tragic example of the dangers American police officers face every day just to protect us. Please keep the Allan family in your thoughts and prayers!