Detective Joseph R. Tardiff, Jr.

Detective Joseph R. Tardiff, Jr.

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, February 28, 1975

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Joseph R. Tardiff, Jr.

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.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

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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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