The Latest: Chief says slain officer was trying to help

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Posted: Jul 28, 2017 1:32 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a police officer in Indianapolis (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

A police chief says one of his officers had no reason to suspect he was in danger before he was fatally shot while trying to help two people inside an overturned car on a busy Indianapolis street.

Authorities say Southport police Lt. Aaron Allan was shot Thursday afternoon after reaching the crash scene just outside the municipality's limits on the south side of Indianapolis.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jason Brown has been arrested on a preliminary murder charge but police haven't given a possible motive.

Southport Chief Thomas Vaughn says other officers and the community don't understand the shooting because Allan was trying to help the crash victims, not arrest anyone.

Vaughn says the car wasn't stolen and no warrants were pending for the man arrested in the shooting.

Vaughn says the 38-year-old Allan was married and the father of two sons.


11:40 a.m.

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been arrested on a preliminary murder charge in the fatal shooting of a police officer who was trying to assist him after he and another man became trapped in a car after crashing in Indianapolis.

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Southport police Lt. Aaron Allan died after being shot Thursday afternoon. Police say two other officers returned fire and wounded a person inside the car, which had flipped upside down near Southport, on Indianapolis' south side. Police say Jason Brown of Indianapolis fired the shots at Allan.

Indianapolis police spokesman Sgt. Kendale Adams said Brown and another person from the car suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Adams said investigators haven't said who was wounded and what prompted the shooting.

The 38-year-old Allan had been with the Southport department for six years.