Patrol Officer Hilary S. Cudnik

Patrol Officer Hilary S. Cudnik

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, December 30, 1996

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Hilary S. Cudnik

Officer Hilary Cudnik was shot and killed while making a felony traffic stop on a stolen vehicle.

As the suspect exited the vehicle he opened fire with .223 caliber rifle, striking Officer Cudnik in the neck, head, and chest several times. Backup units on the scene returned fire and severely wounded the suspect. Officers on scene immediately transported Officer Cudnik to Mount Sinai Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The 37-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He has his first parole hearing on December 21, 2028.

Officer Cudnik had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for eight years. He was survived by his mother and three sons.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 1939

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Mini 14
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop

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You will never be forgotten officer Cudnik! You were killed right as I was coming onto the department and were sadly my first LODD funeral. I used to go to your family's bar on Jennings before it closed. God bless you and your family. Rest in peace brother.

Lt. Brad Black
Cleveland Airport Fire Dept.

December 30, 2022

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