Indianapolis—Officer David Moore comes from a police family. He's the son of veteran Indianapolis cops.
"I think what made him proudest is he was doing what mom and dad did," said retired Lieutenant Spencer Moore. "But I'm going to tell you one thing right now: he's ten times the police officer I ever was. No doubt."
Moore served 40 years on the force. Sgt. Jo Moore, David's mother, is a 26-year veteran and is assigned to IMPD's southeast district.
"I think he wanted to be a police officer from a very early age particularly when he saw mom and dad in uniform and saw police cars and he would hear us talk about certain things about the job," recalled Spencer Moore
David Moore was sworn in July 2004 and was named IPD Rookie of the Year in 2005. In November, 2008, he fatally wounded an armed man in the 500 block of North Goodlet.
Moore is a recipient of the Department's Medal of Valor. He was wounded Sunday morning while stopping what turned out to be a car that had been reported stolen.
"It is the most dangerous work a police officer does," said Lt. Moore who estimates he has known more than a dozen officers who lost their lives in the line of duty over the years.
"You never know who you are going to stop. In this case here, David stopped this individual and, from what I understand, the man came out firing. As one officer put it to me, basically, he ambushed David."
Cynthia Cody, niece of person of interest Thomas Hardy, told Fox59 News that her heart goes out to Officer Moore and his family, and she is praying for them. She said her uncle is known to be a thief but not a violent man, and she expressed relief Sunday evening when she was told that Hardy had been taken into custody.
Moore's shooting is reminiscent of the shooting of Officer Jason Fishburn on Indianapolis' eastside in July of 2008. Fishburn was shot while making a traffic stop on Brian Reese who was a suspect in three murders. Fishburn was wounded in the head and is still partially disabled. His father, Sgt. Dennis Fishburn, told Fox59 News that the Moore family reached out to him to offer support just days after Jason was shot. Sunday, Dennis returned that support.
Lt. Moore told reporters that, "we do not know if he is going to survive this attack," and the next day will be crucial to determining Officer Moore's recovery.