Patrol Officer Hilary S. Cudnik

Patrol Officer Hilary S. Cudnik

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, December 30, 1996

Hilary S. Cudnik

Officer 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.

Officer Cudnik had served with the agency for 8 years.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 1939

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Mini 14
  • Offender Shot and wounded by other officers

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I was his partner and friend, academy partners we laughed and suffered together, just like Marine Corps 1969-72 we fought many times making arrests , he was in good shape and handled himself well, I will never forget him nor his family, wife Donna and sons now Cleveland Fire... I had transferred to the Motorcycle Unit and was sick when I came in and found out what had happened, very hard to go on but I did and admit it was not easy, I rode along car 555 on the Motorcade to Holy cross and as the helicopters did a fly by and peeled off in formation I had to cry, the streets were lined all over with flags and well wishers, God was smiling down on him that day you could feel it. Rest In Peace my brother in Arms as I will always remember you.

David Morley 971
Cleveland Police

February 11, 2018

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