Indiana LEO Shot. Shooter Let Out of Jail by Accident Because of Miscommunication!


May 22, 2010
South East Michigan
Nationwide, 11 police officers have been shot in the last 24 hours. This one was COMPLETELY avoidable because the suspect wasn't supposed to be let out of jail!

Indianapolis - In a stunning new development, 13 Investigates has learned the suspect accused of shooting IMPD Officer David Moore should have still been in jail.

Thomas Hardy was in jail in December on a theft charge, but notification was never made that he was on parole.

When someone is arrested, their record is checked. If there is a warrant out for their arrest, they are held for the agency that's looking for them. In Hardy's case, he was on parole. If the Department of Correction had been notified, it's likely he would have been sent back to prison where he's spent much of his adult life.

The takedown was dramatic as 60-year-old Thomas Hardy surrendered to SWAT officers Sunday evening. But Eyewitness News has learned the habitual offender should have been behind bars, not on the street. An apparent bureaucratic miscommunication is to blame.

In 2009, Hardy was released from prison and on parole. Last October he checked in with his parole officer as required. But the next month he was arrested for theft and receiving stolen property. The Indiana Department of Correction was never notified that the ex-offender was in the Marion County Jail in violation of his parole. So on December 21st, after 33 days in jail, he was released.

"In this case I'm not sure we were aware he'd been arrested," said Doug Garrison, Indiana DOC.

Garrison says notification was never made. Marion County Jail officials confirm they didn't notify DOC because they didn't know Hardy was on parole. A jail spokesman says a standard records check on Hardy came back clean. Hardy was supposed to check in with his parole officer again in February.

"I can't speculate about why that wasn't done or be hypothetical about whether that would have been caught when he came in in February. The fact is we weren't aware of it," said Garrison.

Acquaintances say Hardy was not violent, but a known criminal. He's been convicted ten separate times for felonies, mostly theft and receiving stolen property but also for burglary and drug possession. During the past 27 years, he's spent 19 behind bars.

Meantime, Metro Police Chief Paul Ciesielski says he's confident that Hardy was the gunman who shot Officer David Moore.

Hardy was picked up at around 5:30 pm Sunday in connection with a robbery at a Dollar General store at 1801 South Emerson Ave. about 45 minutes after Officer Moore was shot at a traffic stop that morning.

The robbery at the Dollar General store at 1801 South Emerson Ave. is the only current charge Hardy faces, although that is expected to change. Typically he would be able to post bond but since he was on parole at the time, he's being held without bond for the Department of Correction and will remain in the Marion County Jail.

Chief Ciesielski says investigators are proceeding carefully as they build their case against Hardy. He expects a probable cause affidavit to be filed sometime this week.

While on a Traffic Stop, the suspect shot the officer 3 times. Then after the officer fell to the ground he walked over and shot him 2 more times in the head. This is going to get interesting.
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May 28, 2010
I was hoping someone who had better info and proper links would have posted a follow up on this by now but since they haven't, here is some brief info:

At 5:30pm today, IMPD police chief held a new conference. They had done an MRI on Officer Moore this morning. The results are that Officer Moore will not recover from his wounds. He is currently on life support at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. His family is consulting through proper channels for organ donation.

Someone else with more info please post more info.


May 22, 2010
South East Michigan
I'm hearing from Indy officers that Officer David Moore, A132, has passed away. There were blood drives held today in his name for the hospital and I believe another one is scheduled for tomorrow.
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