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Detective Joseph R. Tardiff, Jr. | New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana


Joseph R. Tardiff, Jr.

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Friday, February 28, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: Not available

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Deceased

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Detective Joseph Tardiff was shot and killed while making a drug bust. Detective Tardiff and two other officers were shot by a hiding gunman when they entered an apartment on St. Peter Street.

Detective Tardiff is survived by his wife and three three children.

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You were a great guy and a very good police officer.I had the honor to ride with you in the first district of JPSO. You were always laughing and cheerful, but a very serious officer. I remember several calls , one where you saved the lives of several police officers as a suspect had them trapped against a fence and swinging a long metal pipe on a rope and you quickly and cooly defused the situation and laughed off your heroism.
I have thought of you often over the years.

Deputy Ken McGuire
JPSO 1969-1973
June 1, 2013


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