Patrol Officer Hilary S. Cudnik

Patrol Officer Hilary S. Cudnik

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, December 30, 1996

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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.

The 37-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He has his first parole hearing on December 21, 2028.

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. He was survived by his mother and three sons.

Bio

  • Age 47
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 1939

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Mini 14
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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