Man who provided gun used in fatal shooting of IMPD officer sentenced

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— The man who provided the gun used to fatally shoot an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer back in 2011 was sentenced Thursday.

Eric ‘Boo’ Jenkins received 57 months in federal prison for his role in the murder of IMPD Officer David Moore.

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IMPD Officer David Moore

Jenkins provided the handgun that Thomas Hardy used to fatally wound the officer on Jan. 23, 2011. Police said Jenkins traded the gun to Hardy for crack cocaine.

Jenkins, 54, denies swapping the Bersa .380 caliber semiautomatic to Hardy for drugs, though. He said it was a cash deal.

On that bitterly cold Sunday morning, Officer David Moore pulled Hardy over in the 3400 block of Temple Avenue. Hardy came out firing. Moore was wounded four times. He died three days later.

By then, Hardy was in custody, the gun had been seized and Jenkins was in jail, too.

He, “put the trigger in the hands,” of the man who killed a cop, said Federal Judge William Lawrence.

Federal judge referred to Jenkins as a lifelong drug addict and criminal. Jenkins could have faced 10 years in prison, but he’s currently serving a four-year term for cocaine possession. He will serve his federal term when his Indiana sentence expires.

Hardy is currently serving life in prison without parole.

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