Former cop behind bars after standoff with county SWAT

2013-03-14T15:30:00Z 2013-03-15T07:49:03Z Former cop behind bars after standoff with county SWATBob Kasarda, (219) 548-4345

VALPARAISO | A former Hobart police officer and Porter County Animal Control officer is behind bars on accusations of shooting at police and threatening to kill an officer during a standoff Wednesday night.

Eric Moser, 41, who was shot by police during the 8:05 p.m. incident, is charged with Class C felony counts of intimidation and criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.

County police said the incident began after they responded to a welfare check on a suicidal subject with a weapon in unincorporated Center Township.

As officers approached the home, Moser fired a shotgun out the back door, police said.

The Porter County Emergency Response Team and negotiators were called to the scene, at which time Moser threatened the life of an officer, according to police.

After Moser agreed to leave the house, he was not cooperative and was "shot with less lethal rounds until he complied with commands and was taken into custody," police said.

Capt. Jeff Biggs, commander of the Porter County sheriff's Emergency Response Team, said Moser was shot four times — three in the legs and one in the back — with a foam-tipped projectile that resembles a large badminton birdie.

The device, which has replaced bean bags, caused small abrasions and bruising, he said.

Moser was treated at Porter Regional Hospital before being taken to jail.

Moser worked for Hobart police from September 1993 to May 2003, according to the Hobart Police Department.

Moser and another Hobart police officer were indicted in 2003 on misdemeanor battery charges related to a high-speed chase, according to The Times archives. Court records show the case was dismissed two years later.

When Moser was hired by Porter County in 2008 as an animal control officer, officials said he had undergone counseling and was highly recommended by the Hobart Police Department.

An initial hearing is slated for Friday before Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford.

Eric Moser is married to Lisa Moser, who was hired at the start of the year to fill the county's newly created position of court commissioner.

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