Chief: Wounded officer won't recover
Indianapolis - Metro Police Chief Paul Ciesielski says Officer David Moore will not be able to recover from his injuries. His family is beginning the process of organ donation.
Moore has been in critical condition since he was shot during a routine traffic stop Sunday morning. He remains on life support while his family works with doctors to implement organ donation.
Chief Ciesielski told reporters that an MRI conducted on Moore's brain and spine showed "considerable" damage.
"The Moore family has begun the process of giving David back to God," said the chief.
"David gave everything to others and to the community in this life, and he will continue to give to others in his next life," said Ciesielski.
"The Moore family and the entire IMPD family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the entire Indianapolis community tor their prayers and support that we have felt since early Sunday morning," the chief added.
"David is a true warrior - a warrior is a reader, writer, thinker, fighter. Bravery, courage, honor, commitment to his community, love for his fellow man - that describes David. David is full of life and is a dedicated public servant. David exemplifies what is best in policing, what is best in an IMPD officer. Our police family are maintaining a vigil here at the hospital and we are asking that you please keep David Moore's family and your entire police department in your prayers, said Ciesielski.
Officer Moore was hit by four bullets. Two hit him in the face - in his cheek and chin. Two more bullets hit him in the thigh and in his chest. The bullet resistant vest he wore that day kept the bullet that hit his chest from breaking through.
Moore was placed in a medically-induced coma after he arrived at Wishard Hospital Sunday and his blood pressure remained erratic.
Officer Moore's family is now faced with some tough decisions. One is finding a way for him to help others live.
"Every family is different. Every family has a story to tell. Every life that is lost touched so many others, yet even in that death, they are attempting to touch even more people that are strangers," said Sam Davis with Indiana Organ Procurement.
David Moore joined IMPD in 2004, following in the footsteps of his parents, both career officers.
"He was probably one of those that didn't need to be trained. He went out there and did his job everyday, like Sunday morning in the cold weather, most people are just trying to get through the day an he was out fighting crime," said IMPD Det. Darryl Patton. "He was a natural-born police officer."
Moore was Rookie Officer of the Year in 2005. Four years later he received the Medal of Valor for the courage shown in a life-threatening confrontation. In November 2008, Moore shot and killed a man who aimed a gun at him and fellow officers.
At Roncalli High School where Moore was a gifted athlete and leader, there was no doubt he'd succeed at whatever he did. He played defensive end for the Rebels and was co-captain of the 1999 state championship team. He also holds the record as the school's strongest athlete, bench pressing nearly twice his weight.
Moore was 29 years old. A memorial page has been set up for him on Facebook.
Metro Police arrested Thomas Hardy, 60, in connection with the shooting, although Hardy has not been charged yet in the case. Hardy remains in jail without bond on robbery charges.