Car Linked To Waterloo Police Shooting Impounded

By Jeff Neumeyer

December 16, 2011 Updated Dec 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- There are new details in the Waterloo police shooting.

Authorities have found a vehicle linked to the shooting of Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady.

Brady remains in serious condition, after he reportedly was struck by a bullet that traveled through his left cheek, then exited below his right ear.

Two suspects in the shooting were later tracked to a residence in Waterloo and were hit by a barrage of police bullets.

Townspeople and fellow police officers in Waterloo are praying that surgeries and other treatment will make Deputy Marshal Brady whole again.

It is still not clear why the officer was shot.

Only three people knew; one is dead and the other two haven’t recovered sufficiently from injuries to tell investigators.

Brady was one of two officers dispatched early Thursday morning to look for a suspicious man and woman who had approached a homeowner for help in dealing with a car stuck in a ditch.

Police say it was Brady who encountered the pair.

The other officer later found Brady laying half in and half out of his police cruiser, bleeding from the bullet wound.

An all-out manhunt ended around 6 a.m. Thursday, when Ralph Hardiek and Julie Marie King were ordered out from under a wooden deck.

Police claim Hardiek pointed a weapon at them, and they fired more than two dozen shots from their duty weapons, killing Hardiek and critically wounding King.

Police now say they found a red Dodge Neon Thursday in the area of County Roads 35 and 10 in Dekalb County.

The vehicle was registered to Julie King.

They say it was involved in the Brady incident.

It has been impounded for evidence processing.

Hardiek faced an arrest warrant in Noble County for failing to show for a sentencing hearing December 8th on a manufacturing methamphetamine case.

King had also had problems with the law in Noble County.

Steve Clouse/(R) Noble Co. Prosecutor: " We never showed the two tied together, at least in terms of criminal prosecutions. I think she maybe had a shoplifting a couple years ago, but again, very minor and no immediate association between the two that we could see."

Jay Oberholtzer/Waterloo Town Marshal: " Officer Brady is one of our main training officers, deals with this all the time, and I pray that he recovers from this, recovers fully from this."

Anyone interested in helping Officer Brady and his family with his medical expenses can send a donation to the Stephen Brady Account, in care of Farmer’s State Bank, P.O. Box 708, Waterloo, Indiana, 46793.

Brady’s wife Janet is also a deputy marshal on the Waterloo Department.

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