Officer Patrick Kent Hardesty

Officer Patrick Kent Hardesty

Tucson Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, May 26, 2003

Patrick Kent Hardesty

Officer Hardesty was shot and killed while investigating a hit-and-run traffic accident in a midtown neighborhood.

Shortly after arriving at the scene, Officer Hardesty located a suspect and a struggle ensued in which Officer Hardesty was shot five times and fatally wounded. Officer Hardesty was taken by ambulance to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Responding officers apprehended the suspect after a short foot pursuit. The suspect was found guilty of first degree murder on February 25th, 2005, and was sentenced to death on March 10th, 2005.

Officer Hardesty was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had been with the Tucson Police Department as a reserve officer for 11 years, and as a full-time officer for 19 months. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, two sisters, and a brother.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 31432

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to Death

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To my friend, Pat. I will forever remember your true kindness, great generosity, and good humor. God bless you and your family.

Theresa (Jauregui) Velazquez
friend from NROTC & USMC

May 30, 2016

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