Indianapolis—He's in jail for a robbery that happened after an IMPD officer was shot but police believe the same man is responsible for both crimes.
Police are expected to release new details Monday about the shooting of 29-year-old Officer David Moore and about the man in custody, 60-year-old Thomas Hardy.
As Officer Moore was rushed to Wishard Hospital in critical condition, the search began for the vehicle and the suspect. At a news conference Sunday evening, Chief Paul Ciesielski said Hardy became a person of interest early on. Police searched the city for him.
A Greyhound bus near Illinois and South Street was searched and an IndyGo bus was stopped on Senate Avenue, but there was no sign of Hardy. Later Sunday afternoon, police found the stolen Camry in the 600 block of West Washington, but again, no sign of Hardy.
At about 5:30 p.m., officers got a break and converged on a home on the near northwest side.
"Based on some good police work and tips from the community, led police to 2356 Indianapolis Avenue where our SWAT Team 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.
Sources tell Fox59 News that Hardy was arrested at his girlfriend's home and that an accomplice was involved.
Hardy was arrested for a robbery at the Dollar General in the 1800 Block of South Emerson that happened less than an hour after the shooting.
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.