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Officer Patrick Kent Hardesty | Tucson Police Department, Arizona Tucson Police Department, Arizona

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Patrick Kent Hardesty

Tucson Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Monday, May 26, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 31432

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/26/2003

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Sentenced to Death

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Officer Hardesty was shot and killed while investigating a hit-and-run traffic accident in a midtown neighborhood.

Shortly after arriving at the scene, Officer Hardesty located a suspect and a struggle ensued in which Officer Hardesty was shot five times and fatally wounded. Officer Hardesty was taken by ambulance to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Responding officers apprehended the suspect after a short foot pursuit. The suspect was found guilty of first degree murder on February 25th, 2005, and was sentenced to death on March 10th, 2005.

Officer Hardesty was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had been with the Tucson Police Department as a reserve officer for 11 years, and as a full-time officer for 19 months. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, two sisters, and a brother.

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Hi buddy. Hard to believe its been 11 years. I expect you to walk in and give us your up beat "Crime Fighter" speech. I think of you daily and miss working with you. Hope things are good over there for you. See ya soon bro.

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Tucson Police
May 26, 2014

 

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