Where is the outrage from Blue Lives Matter supporters?
Southport, IN — Local police have identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of Lieutenant Aaron Allen last Thursday.
An official report states that the suspect in this incident is Jason Brown, 28, who was taken into custody on a preliminary charge of murder. Brown and another individual,
whose identity has not been disclosed, were transported to the hospital in police custody.
The other person with Brown was let go after being interviewed as a witness.
According to autorities, the shooting took place when Allan along with a Homecroft Police Department officer arrived at the scene of a crash around 2:30 p.m. last Thursday.
The driver plowed through a fence, causing the vehicle to flip over.
As Allan neared the vehicle to offer assistance to the occupants inside, Brown allegedly opened fire, and struck Allan multiple times. He was taken to Eskenazi Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead as a result of his severe injuries.
It is not clear why Brown fired his weapon at Allan. A longtime friend of Brown, Traci Wagner, says she’s known him since elementary school, and this crime is very “out of character.”
“There’s no winner in this situation. There’s no winner. There just isn’t. So many lives were ruined last night, yesterday by all of this,” Wagner said.
Police reported the two other officers who were lending assistance at the scene, one off-duty, returned fire during the shooting, hitting one of the two individuals in the overturned car. One of the individuals suffered a gunshot wound after officers discharged their weapons, while the other had sustained injuries in the crash. None of their injuries are life threatening, police say.
“It’s tragic. It’s a crying shame something like this had to happen,” said Gordon Cocke.
Cocke, a retired Kansas City police officer, is one of many people who went to the Southport police department to lay flowers and offer prayers for Allan’s family.
He says the fact that Allan got ambushed trying to help those in need is hard to comprehend.
“I don’t think he had any idea what he was getting into and didn’t have a chance to defend himself. It was a cold blooded murder. It’s a shame that it happened,” said Cocke.
According to witnesses, Brown, the driver of the vehicle, fatally shot the officer while hanging upside down inside the car.
IMPD are handling the official investigation into the shooting.
A detective close to the investigation release the following statement:
“I have never seen the support and willingness to come forward that I saw displayed during the investigation of the murder of Lt. Aaron Allen on July 27, 2017.…Many witnesses expressed their support for us as officers and expressed sadness and sympathy at the loss of Lt. Allen. I would like the citizens of Southport Indiana to know that their support for law enforcement officers and willingness to stand together as a community is exceptional. Thank you for making a difficult day a little easier!”
The chief of police started a GoFundMe for Allan’s family. Click the link if you’d like to contribute.