Police Officer Phillip W. Cardillo

Police Officer Phillip W. Cardillo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, April 20, 1972

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Phillip W. Cardillo

Officer Philip Cardillo died of wounds he received when he was shot after responding to a fake report of an officer needs assistance at a local mosque.

When Officer Cardillo arrived at the location, he and another officer entered to investigate. They found that the call was false and was called in by the members of the mosque. The officers were then attacked by at least 15 people inside the mosque. When additional officers arrived, a melee ensued, in which Officer Cardillo was shot at point-blank range and several officers were seriously injured.

Officer Cardillo was brought to Saint Luke's Hospital where he underwent several surgeries, but he died from his wound six days later. Only one person was ever charged in connection with Officer Cardillo's murder. The subject was acquitted after the jury was not able to reach a verdict.

Officer Cardillo had served with the New York City Police Department for five years and was assigned to the 28th Precinct. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 26620

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, April 14, 1972
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Another year in Heaven my brother. That was a day I will never forget...a day that I will be ashamed of the administration of that time. You are always in our hearts and thoughts. Recently, they had a recognition for PO Victor Padilla and P.O. Ivan Negron( deceased), in Orlando, Florida. Not many of us know or some do not remember that these two officers responded to your 10-13 from the 25 precinct that fateful day. They both suffered serious injuries that required hospitalization.
I'm honoured to know and worked with these men that heard the call and went to your aid. We should never forget the sacrifices that all who responded to the Mosque that day, and the ultimate death of our brother.
May all active members know about this sad day. Rest well brother..many of us have already gone to be with you, and many more will follow to say thank you for your service. I know I will.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

April 20, 2019

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