Ex-police officer jailed after firing shotgun: Cops
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent March 14, 2013 1:06PM
Updated: April 16, 2013 4:09PM
VALPARAISO — A reportedly suicidal ex-cop fired a shotgun at officers who were asked to check on his well-being just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
Eric Moser, 41, was shot with less-lethal rounds during the standoff that ended at about 11:40 p.m. After being treated at Porter Regional Hospital, Moser was jailed for felony intimidation, felony criminal recklessness with a weapon, and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.
He previously worked for the Hobart Police Department and as a Porter County animal control officer, before that embattled department was taken over by the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.
Police said that as they approached Moser’s home, in the 1300 block of Gilleevan Drive, southeast of Valparaiso, he fired a shotgun out the back door. When SWAT and negotiators arrived, Moser allegedly made death threats toward the officer speaking with him. When Moser finally agreed to come out of the home, he did not follow commands and was shot with less-lethal rounds until he complied and was taken into custody, according to a press release from the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.
Moser’s record as a police officer was less than exemplary.
The city of Hobart was sued when Moser and three other police officers allegedly battered a then-19-year-old man in 2003 following a chase. The 19-year-old was a passenger in the fleeing vehicle and claimed to have a permanent back injury from being hit with nightsticks, kicked, stomped on and slammed into a vehicle. Moser was indicted by a Lake County grand jury for his role in the incident.
In 2002, Moser was suspended without pay for two days and charged with criminal recklessness, along with two other Hobart officers, in connection with a water balloon being launched with a slingshot and striking an 8-year-old boy in the face during the city’s Fourth of July parade. The boy needed surgery to repair a fractured eye socket. The officers were not on duty at the time of the incident.