Law enforcement comes together to mourn Southport Police Lt. Aaron Allan

Lt. Aaron Allan was honored as Southport's "Officer of the Year" in 2015 for saving a person's life. (Photo: Southport Police/Facebook)
Memorial to fallen officer at Southport PD
Southport officer injured in shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The law enforcement community is expressing condolences after news of the passing of Southport Police Lt. Aaron Allan, who was shot while investigating a car crash on the south side Thursday.

Allan, 38, was responding to a report of a personal injury accident near Madison Avenue and Maynard Drive around 2:30 p.m. when one of the occupants of the crashed vehicle shot him. The veteran officer was taken to Eskenazi Health, where he was pronounced dead Thursday evening.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett issued a statement shortly after news of Allan's passing was reported:

“Today, Lieutenant Aaron Allan was doing what officers do each day: responding to the scene of an accident ready to help someone in their time of need. His death is a shocking and tragic reminder of the difficult, often dangerous work of police officers across Marion County. Together, our community grieves for the Allan family and for all the men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect our city and its citizens.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) also expressed his condolences in a statement Thursday night:

“My deepest condolences and prayers go to the family of Southport Police Lieutenant Aaron Allan, and to the entire Southport Police Department, as they confront this tragedy. Every day, law enforcement officers across Indiana and our country go to work to protect our families and communities. May we honor Lt. Allan’s memory and service to his community and our state.”

Many local Police and fire departments, along with some nationwide, shared their condolences on social media:

Allan was shot moments after IMPD announced the death of Deputy Chief James Walters, who was injured in a crash on Interstate 70 last weekend.