WATERLOO – A Waterloo police officer remains in serious condition and the man who apparently shot him was killed by police early Thursday morning, law enforcement sources said.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz said police are still trying to piece together the sequence of events that unfolded over several hours and left Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady hospitalized.
Brady responded to a call from a resident of DeKalb County Road 35 just north of Waterloo just before 3 a.m. The resident told dispatchers a man and woman had knocked on her door and said their car was in a ditch and they needed help, Galaviz said.
Galaviz said Brady apparently encountered the two in the area of Railroad and Center streets in Waterloo, about a quarter-mile from the original call. Just after 3 a.m., another Waterloo patrol officer found Brady, 47, of Pleasant Lake, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the face.
Indiana State Police and officers from four counties converged on Waterloo to hunt for the suspects and asked the public to call in tips. About 6 a.m., a man and a woman were found hiding under a deck near where Brady had been shot, in the 200 block of South Center Street.
Galaviz said the two did not respond to verbal commands from officers from various agencies who had them surrounded, and an attempt to use a Taser to subdue the man, identified as Ralph Daniel Hardiek, 41, of Auburn, was not successful.
When Hardiek pulled a handgun and pointed it at police, he was shot and killed, and the woman with him also was shot. She is in critical condition, Galaviz said.
It is not clear which agency's officer shot and killed Hardiek, or whether he discharged his weapon at the scene. The woman had not been identified as of early Thursday afternoon, and the vehicle they supposedly were traveling in has not been found, Galaviz said.
Noble County Prosecutor Steven Clouse said Hardiek had been scheduled to appear in court Dec. 8 on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia. Clouse said Hardiek faced 12 years under a plea agreement but failed to appear in court, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Clouse said Hardiek also had a previous criminal record but declined to elaborate.
Renata Ford, the town's clerk and treasurer, said the shootings had stunned the community of about 2,000 residents. The town has six police officers, including Brady and his wife, Sgt. Janet Brady.
"Everybody knows the police and we're all very devastated," she said. "People are outraged, devastated – with such a small town to have something like that happen to our police."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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