State Police Probe Into Waterloo Police Shooting Plods Forward

By Jeff Neumeyer

December 19, 2011 Updated Dec 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A laboratory processing evidence in the shooting of a Waterloo police officer is giving high priority to the case to try and get answers to key questions in the investigation.

That’s the word from a spokesperson for the Indiana State Police.

Jeff Neumeyer traveled to Waterloo on Monday to update the story.

Jeff Neumeyer: " Police officers were positioned maybe 20 yards away last Thursday morning, when suspect Ralph Hardiek is reported to have pointed a weapon at police as he stepped out from beneath a wooden deck he and accomplice Julie Marie King had been hiding under.

Metal detectors were used to collect spent shell casings from the more than two dozen shots fired.

Hardiek died and King was critically wounded, in an event that took place about three hours after the two allegedly encountered and shot Waterloo Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady.

State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz says the case has been moved to the top of a laboratory's list to try and provide quick answers to precisely how many shots police fired at the suspects and whether officers from departments other than state police joined in the shooting.

At Center and Railroad Streets, a half block away, that’s where Officer Brady took a bullet to the face.

We're told Brady, who is still listed as serious but stable, is being kept sedated in his recovery process.

State police still are not saying if Hardiek or King fired the shot that struck Brady.

The motive also remains fuzzy, though, as has been reported, Hardiek was on the run from authorities after having skipped out on a December 8th sentencing hearing in Noble County on a manufacturing methamphetamine plea.

Sgt. Galaviz also could not say whether Brady was able to get the gun out of his holster before he was hit by the bullet that touched off a morning of much commotion in Waterloo.

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