Man accused of killing Southport officer out of hospital, initial hearing scheduled for Wednesday

Mug shot of Jason Brown from August 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The man accused of killing a Southport police officer last month is  out of the hospital, and after his initial hearing was pushed back twice, it is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

Jason Brown, 28, was originally set to appear in court last Tuesday, but that hearing was continued and subsequently rescheduled for Thursday.  Thursday’s hearing was also postponed and rescheduled for August 9 at 1 p.m.

Brown is charged with murder in the death of Lt. Aaron Allan, who responded to a crash at South Madison Avenue and Maynard Drive on Thursday, July 27. He and a Homecroft officer found a BMW had flipped over during a crash. Brown was the driver of the car, and he was wedged inside and “hysterical,” according to court documents. Allan tried to calm him down and assured him help was on the way.

A witness said Brown “kept trying to reach for something behind his back,” and that’s when he pulled out a pistol and fired it more than a dozen times, according to court documents.

Allan was shot 11 times and died from his wounds at Eskenazi Hospital. A uniformed officer and an off-duty deputy returned fire, striking Brown, who was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Allan is the first Southport police officer killed in the line of duty. Thousands of people attended his funeral as he was laid to rest last weekend.