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Agent Samuel Hidalgo-Cardona | Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico


Samuel Hidalgo-Cardona

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Monday, September 12, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1745

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Agent Samuel Hidalgo-Cardona was shot and killed with his own weapon as he attempted to intervene with a mental patient in the Cerro Gordo neighborhood in Moco, Puerto Rico, at approximately 5:00 am.

He had responded to the scene along with another officer and a cadet after receiving a call that a mental subject had broken into a house and was assaulting several residents. As the officers attempted to speak to the man he lunged at them and gained control of Agent Hidalgo-Cardona's service weapon. He shot Agent Hidalgo-Cardona in the abdomen before being shot and killed by other responding officers.

He is survived by his wife and two sons. One of his sons also joined the Puerto Rico Police Department.

The police station in Moca, Puerto Rico, was renamed the Agent Samuel Hidalgo Cardona Police Station in his honor.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 19th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 9, 2013


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