Waterloo Officer Continues to Heal

By Jeff Neumeyer
By Chris Darby

January 8, 2012 Updated Jan 8, 2012 at 7:25 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Waterloo Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady continues to heal as new information is released about the morning he was shot.

Police say Brady was shot ambush style in the face by Ralph Hardiek while the officer spoke to Hardiek's girlfriend Julie King the morning of December 15th.

Brady continues to recover. The officer can walk and can remember the events which led to the shooting. He is also about one month away from having his jaw unwired.

Waterloo Marshal Jay Oberholtzer said made a surprise visit to the police station about a week ago. He added he hopes to get Officer Brady in classes and back on the force soon.

Oberholtzer also said he hopes Officer Brady's Story will help other officers avoid getting shot on duty, a trend which has been on the rise nationwide in the past few years, including 68 last year alone.

This information is updated following this story published December 23rd:

Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady went through a major surgery December 21st, but we're told he's showing signs of marked improvement already.

His boss says the community is doing all it can to try and raise Brady's spirits.

December 15th Brady was dispatched to contact a man and woman who'd reported a car stuck in a ditch.

Shortly after encountering the pair, police say Brady was shot in the face.

The bullet entered near his left eye socket and shattered jawbone before it exited below the right ear.

Town Marshal Jay Oberholtzer says students at a middle school in Dekalb County put together a poster wishing Brady a speedy recovery.

It will be delivered to the hospital.

Reports about the officer are encouraging.

Jay Oberholtzer/Waterloo Town Marshal: " Steve is doing better, in fact, he's been walking, apparently he's been doing some communicating by writing, and so I'm elated to hear that, especially going through a 7-hour surgery just on Wednesday."

If he can communicate, then maybe Brady can let investigators know what happened and who shot him.

The key will be whether the traumatic event wiped out his memory of the shooting.

Later that same day, suspects Ralph Hardiek and Julie King were cornered and fired on by officers, after we're told they did not surrender as commanded.

Hardiek died, King was badly wounded.

The hope is she'll sufficiently recover to also shed light on the violence that day.

Two banks are processing donations to the Brady family, for the purpose of helping defer some expenses associated with the officer’s ordeal.

Oberholtzer says the total amount given has not been released, but he says the banks claim contributions have been coming in at a steady pace.

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