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.

In October 2015, the street in front of the new NYPD Police Academy in Queens was renamed Philip Cardillo Way.


  • 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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Rest easy my brother in blue...the saddest part to your death is that even your passing Chsrles Rangel and the community of the 28pct denied giving you a street corner within the confines of the 028 command....they were vigilant in not let the community board and the city approving it.They gave your street renaming in front of the new police academy in college point rather than leave your memories forever remembered where you were MURDERED by members of the mosque and still today your death is unsolved and nobody has been sentenced in your death.May God bless you and I know you are guarding the gates of Heaven.may the Lord always watch over your family..God Bless the NYPD Fidelis ad Mortem

Detective Frank Millevoi retired

September 17, 2021

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