When Officer Cardillo and another officer entered the mosque to investigate they attacked by at least 15 subjects 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.
New York Police Department
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Tuesday, April 4, 1972