Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana woman who was pulled off of a city bus and
fatally shot along a busy street had recently obtained a protective order
against her ex-boyfriend — the man police say killed her.
documents show that Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy, 49, had filed for a
protective order Tuesday against Kenneth Knight, but the Journal Gazette
reported it did not appear Knight had been served with a copy.
Hardy was fatally shot by Knight about 8 a.m. Wednesday along a busy
street in Fort Wayne. A school official said children waiting at school
bus stops were among the witnesses to Hardy's slaying.
police snipers fatally shot Knight, 45, Wednesday afternoon after he held
a 3-year-old boy hostage in a nearby home following Hardy's killing.
Knight was not related to the child, who was unharmed in the assault.
spokeswoman Raquel Foster said Knight knew the people who lived at the
home where he held the boy.
that a warrant had been issued Tuesday for Knight for a parole violation.
Department of Correction's website shows Knight was released from prison
about a year ago after serving a 10-year sentence for possession of a
firearm by a serious violent felon.
confirmed that Knight was Hardy's ex-boyfriend and that she had recently
obtained a protective order against him. She said police have reviewed
video and audio recordings obtained from the Citilink bus Knight and Hardy
had been riding on, seated together, before he pulled her off and shot
a disturbance before that. It was a scheduled stop at that intersection
and they came to a stop, he pulled her off the bus and he had a firearm —
a shotgun — and he shot her," she said, adding that Knight had pulled the
shotgun out of a bag he was carrying.
the bus said Hardy was a regular passenger on that bus and they had often
seen Knight riding with her on the bus.
'That's her boyfriend, he's always with her,'" she said. "But obviously if
she had sought a protective order there was some reason for that."
Hardy was a
student at Ravenscroft Beauty College in Fort Wayne.