Man Accused In Officer Shooting Defiant, Curses Reporters
Hardy In Court On Robbery Charge
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A man who is expected to be charged in the shooting of an Indianapolis police officer was defiant and foul-mouthed outside court Tuesday.Thomas Hardy, 60, is facing a robbery charge in connection with a Dollar General store heist that happened within an hour after Officer David Moore, 29, was shot Sunday in the 3400 block of Temple Avenue. Updated Slideshow: Prosecutors asked for and received a 72-hour hold on that charge as they build their case against Hardy, who repeatedly cursed at 6News' Derrik Thomas and other reporters as they questioned him about Moore's shooting."[Expletive] you. Shut the [expletive] up," Hardy said as he was led into court. He responded with an obscene gesture as he was led from court a few minutes later.The officer was shot twice in the face and once in the thigh during a traffic stop. Family members were in the process of taking him off life support at Wishard Memorial Hospital on Tuesday after doctors said he would likely not recover from his injuries.Prosecutors were tight-lipped Tuesday about the development of their case against Hardy."I have time to develop the case I need. Other than that I don't want to comment on the investigation," said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson.Hardy has a lengthy rap sheet, with convictions for crimes such as theft, receiving stolen property, burglary and drug possession from the 1980s through last month.He was paroled in October 2009 after a 1,000-day sentence for theft and receiving stolen property and was arrested again on Nov. 1, 2010, on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and vehicle theft.Hardy was released from the Marion County Jail on Dec. 21 after posting bond. The Indiana Department of Correction on Tuesday suspended a parole officer after they said the officer didn't enter paperwork that could have prevent the release.Hardy served more than six years in prison after a 1984 conviction on a burglary charge and had been arrested at least nine times in Marion County since 2003.Hardy's brother said he and other family members are sure Thomas Hardy wasn't involved in Moore's shooting."I just don't think he did it," Thomas' brother said. "I just don't think (he's capable of this crime)."A woman who identified herself as Thomas' niece said the family is upset about his arrest."It's not in his character," she said. "Prayers are with (the officer's family)."Hardy is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail. Another court hearing was set for Friday.