Police Officer Richard Mendez was shot and killed at the Philadelphia International Airport’s Garage D at about 11:00 p.m.
He and his partner arrived in the parking garage, preparing to start their shift, when they observed subjects breaking into a vehicle. As they approached the men, the subjects fired at them. Officer Mendez was struck multiple times, and his partner was shot in the arm.
Officer Mendez was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds at 11:34 p.m.
The suspects fled in a stolen vehicle. One of the suspects, who died from gunshot wounds, was dropped off at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The rest of the suspects remained at large until October 16, 2023, when an 18-year-old suspect was arrested.
Officer Mendez had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for almost 23 years and was assigned to the Airport Unit. He is survived by his wife and daughter.