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Police Officer Phillip W. Cardillo | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Phillip W. Cardillo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, April 20, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 26620

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/14/1972

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: At large

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Officer Philip Cardillo died of wounds he received when he was shot after responding to a fake report of an officer needs assistance at a local mosque.

When Officer Cardillo arrived at the location he and another officer entered to investigate. They found that the call was false and was called in by the members of the mosque. The officers were then attacked by at least 15 people inside the mosque. When additional officers arrived, a melee ensued, in which Officer Cardillo was shot at point blank range and several officers were seriously injured.

Officer Cardillo was brought to Saint Luke's Hospital where he underwent several surgeries, but he died from his wound six days later. Only one person was ever charged in connection with Officer Cardillo's murder. The subject was acquitted after the jury was not able to reach a verdict.

Officer Cardillo had served with the New York City Police Department for five years and was assigned to the 28th Precinct. He is survived by his wife and son.

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Having been born in MN in 1973, I only recently learned of the tragic, April, 1972, ambush of honorable Officer Phillip Cardillo and his courageous fellow officers. I was struck by the bravery of the NYPD officers that day, especially Officer Cardillo who made the ultimate sacrifice for his city, state, and country. I was shocked, angered, and saddened by the absence of certainm disgraceful city officials at his bedside and funeral.

As a onetime resident of Manhattan, I respectfully offer my gratitude and condolences to Officer Cardillo's friends and fellow officers in the NYPD, past and present. In particular, I extend my condolences to Officer Cardillo's family whose Thank you, Tracy S.

Tracy S., RN, of AZ (rank n/a)
Fellow American & supporter of police officers everywhere
November 24, 2015


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