Patrolman Joseph G. Pudlick

Patrolman Joseph G. Pudlick

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, February 4, 1972

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Joseph G. Pudlick

Patrolman Joseph Pudlick was shot and killed while assisting two Hennepin County deputies arrest a man on a mental commitment order at 2540 NE Quincy Street.

The suspect was apprehended and initially sentenced to 40 years. The conviction was overturned by the Minnesota Supreme Court after he was found incompetent. He was subsequently committed to a statement mental hospital until his death.

Patrolman Pudlick had served with the Minneapolis Police Department for 28 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed

EDP, warrant service

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This is not a reflection, just a clarification on some points. My late Grandmother was a tenant in the building where the shooting took place, which was owned by the assailant.

First, the incident occurred in the neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis, on Quincy Street Northeast, not in the neighborhood of North Minneapolis. In Northeast most north-south streets are named after U.S. presidents in order. Quincy Street commemorates John Quincy Adams so there would not be two Adams streets.

Second, while the assailant was convicted and sentenced to forty years his conviction was overturned by the Minnesota Supreme Court on the grounds that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial. He had a long history of mental problems dating back to his dismissal from the army in 1944 on grounds of mental illness. The murder charges were never dropped and, because he was considered insane and dangerous, he was held at the Minnesota Security Hospital at St. Peter undergoing treatment to restore his competence until his death.

Civilian P. Buhl
Grandson of a witness

March 20, 2019

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