From USA Today:
INDIANAPOLIS — Police arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of an Indiana police officer Thursday.
Jason Brown was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and is facing a preliminary murder charge in the shooting that killed Southport Police Lt. Aaron Allan.
Allan, 38, was responding to a traffic accident involving a car that flipped over.
As Allan approached, one of the people in the car started shooting. A Homecroft (Ind.) Police officer and an off-duty Johnson County (Ind.) deputy also stopped to help. They shot back, wounding the suspect, police said.
Hendricks County, Ind., court records show Brown was convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession in 2014. A judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail.
Brown, who lives in Indianapolis, has three traffic tickets in Marion County, Ind., and another in Greene County, Ind., since 2009, online court records show.
Brown remained was hospitalized Friday in good condition, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Kendale Adams said.
Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said the deputy involved is a reserve officer with his department.
The deputy was off duty, in civilian clothes, drove his personal vehicle and fired his personal handgun, Cox said.
The officer has a background in nursing. He saw the crash and stopped. He was trying to assist the victims before the suspect started shooting, Cox said.
Cox did not identify the deputy. The deputy will not be giving public statements, Cox said.
During a Thursday evening news conference, officials with the Southport Police Department and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department gave few details. It was unclear what prompted the shooter to fire at Allan.
The Southport Police Department is a force of about 30 officers who are unpaid volunteers.
Allan had been with the department since 2011, according to a October 2015 article from The Southside Times.
He became the department’s first officer of the year in 2015 after being promoted to the head of Southport’s training division. When presenting the award to Allan, Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn highlighted a moment in August 2015 when Allan performed CPR on a man and saved his life.
Allan told The Southside Times that he wanted to be a police officer since he was 5 years old.
At a news conference Thursday night, Vaughn remembered Allan as a dedicated public servant with a kind heart, fitting of his nickname: Teddy Bear.
“That’s because he tried to act real macho, but when a citizen or someone needed help, he was one of the first guys that was there,” Vaughn said. “He didn’t always like that nickname, but it fit him.”
Vaughn said the outpouring of support from community members and local and state police was encouraging.
“Without the support of our family, which is all police, it would be hard to get through this evening,” he said.
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