Indianapolis—An Indianapolis Metro Police Officer is fighting for his life. Officer David Moore is listed in critical condition at Wishard Hospital with two gunshot wounds to the face. He was also hit in the spine.
The 29-year-old metro police officer was shot several times Sunday morning, while on a traffic stop at 3445 North Temple Avenue. Dispatchers say he had just run a plate number in the police computer. Minutes later, a 911 call came in at 9:03 a.m. reporting an officer down.
Officer Moore was rushed to Wishard Hospital. He arrived in a comatose state, in critical condition. During a news conference, doctors said the shooting injured key blood vessels to the brain, however, there is no direct injury to the central nervous system.
Public Information Officer Linda Jackson says Officer Moore joined IMPD in July of 2004.
Investigators say a gold colored, 1998 Toyota Camry fled the shooting scene. IMPD Public Information Officer Linda Jackson says a black male was driving the car. The suspect sped away and ran into another vehicle. He then drove off. The Camry has front-end damage. The license plate number is IN 319-LOT.
Police located the vehicle around 2 p.m. at 600 East Washington Street.
Shortly after the gold Camry was located, officers surrounded a Greyhound bus on South Street where they thought the suspect was on-board. After a search of the bus, officers determined the suspect was still at-large.
Police identified the suspect as 60-year-old Thomas Hardy. They are only calling him a "person of interest" at this point. He was later discovered in a home on the city's near northwest side. Sources tell Fox59 News that Hardy was arrested at his girlfriend's home and that an accomplice was involved.
At a news conference Sunday evening, Chief Paul Ciesielski said Hardy became a person of interest early on.
"Based on some good police work and tips from the community, led police to 2356 Indianapolis Avenue where our SWAT deployed. We did a contain and call out and officers made their presence known and Mr. Hardy came out and surrendered without incident," Chief Ciesielski said.
He's in jail for a robbery at the Dollar General in the 1800 Block of South Emerson that happened less than an hour after the shooting but police believe he is responsible for both crimes.
Police are expected to release new details Monday about the shooting and Hardy.
Cynthia Cody, Thomas Hardy's niece told Fox59 News that she is heartbroken about what happened and her thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Moore's family. Cody says she hasn't heard from her uncle in two weeks but she says it is not in his character to be violent.