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IMPD continues to build case against suspected shooter

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Indianapolis - Prosecutors have filed no new charges against the man suspected of killing Officer David Moore.

Thomas Hardy, 60, is still in jail on robbery charges without bail. Police say he shot David Moore during a traffic stop on Sunday, and then robbed a Dollar General store. Hardy will likely face new charges after police complete their investigation.

The Indiana Department of Corrections remains under scrutiny after Thomas Hardy's release mistake. 13 Investigates will continue to ask questions about how this can happen. 13 Investigates reported Tuesday that Hardy should have been in jail at the time of the alleged shooting.

Wednesday, we talked to the prosecutor of St. Joseph County, who is dealing with a case of a sex offender being released by mistake.

"I think there ought to be a thorough review and an outside independent agency looking at the Department of Correction and their practices in releasing their inmates. I hope these two being released were just two mistakes. But the real concern is whether or not there is a real systemic problem," said Mike Dvorak, St. Joseph County prosecutor.

Dvorak wants to know if money saved by the Department of Correction should be spent on making the system more efficient.

At a news conference at Wishard Hospital, Officer Moore's parents declined to comment about Thomas Hardy. Police say it was Hardy who opened fire Sunday, causing the devastating injuries that ended Officer Moore's life three days later.

"We have talked about this and decided, I'm not going to give this guy a second of energy. I could care less about him," said Spencer Moore, David Moore's father.

Police remain tight-lipped about the investigation and have taken their time to file charges since Hardy is in jail on robbery charges. He's accused of holding up a Dollar General about 45 minutes after the shooting. After SWAT officers took him into custody later Sunday, they recovered a handgun, although it's unclear if it was used to shoot Officer Moore.

Witnesses also spotted what police believe is the same stolen Toyota Camry at the shooting and robbery scenes.

"We've done a good job of putting that investigation together, working very closely with the prosecutor's office, doing some testing, and that to make sure that when we prepare our probable cause it's the best that it can be," said IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski.

Under Indiana law, Hardy could face the death penalty since he's accused of killing a police officer.

For now, Moore's parents, both police officers themselves, say they will leave the death penalty question in the hands of the prosecutor's office.

"I have no desire either way. I will not deal with this guy at this point and time. This, to me, it distracts, it's worthless," said Spencer Moore.

They say their focus is celebrating the life of their son, not the man who's accused of killing him.

"I'm not going to worry about him. This is about David and about this department that he loved. And at least for the next four or five days, that's what I'm going to focus on," said Moore.

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