Three days after being shot during a traffic stop, Indianapolis (IN) Metropolitan Police Officer David Moore succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday January 26, 2011.
At approximately 9:00 am on Sunday (January 23), Officer Moore was administering a weekend traffic stop, when a suspect began releasing unprovoked gunfire, “striking him twice in the face, in the thigh, and just missing his spinal cord,” according to doctors, who said an additional shot was stopped by his bullet-resistant vest. The alleged gunman, a 60-year-old ex-convict and parolee suspect was taken into custody.
Rushed to a hospital, Officer Moore remained in a coma. The six-year veteran was taken off life support on Wednesday morning and died that day; his organs were donated after his death.
At a vigil held before hundreds of mourners, Indianapolis (IN) Mayor Greg Ballard spoke fondly about Officer Moore, fighting back tears. “He was just a terrific man, the kind of guy we'd want to wear the uniform, and now he's gone." Mayor Ballard urged members of the community to support the Moore family, and said in the coming days the city would celebrate "someone who looked out for all of us."
Officer Moore is the first officer fatality from Indiana in 2011. He is one of the 15 total fatalities recorded in the first month of the New Year, as well as one of the 11 gunfire-related officer deaths.
Officer David Moore is survived by his father and mother — a retired and an active member of the Indianapolis (IN) Metropolitan Police force — respectively.
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