Slain Indiana officer hailed as hero at funeral


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A police officer who authorities say was fatally shot by a man he was trying to help from an overturned car was hailed during his funeral as an Indiana hero.

Southport Police Department Lt. Aaron Allan. (From 2015 post on Southport Police Department Facebook page)

Several hundred police officers from around the country were among the mourners at Saturday’s funeral for Southport police Lt. Aaron Allan at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says hearts are heavy with Allan’s death. Holcomb bowed his head at Allan’s casket after speaking, then presented a folded state flag to Allan’s wife as he spoke with her and their two sons.

U.S. Joe Donnelly and Southport’s mayor and police chief were among other funeral speakers.

Authorities say Allan was trying to assist 28-year-old Jason Brown after a July 27 car crash when Brown suddenly became agitated and opened fire, striking the officer 11 times. Brown faces murder charges.

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