Edsaul Mendoza

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Service Record

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended March 8, 2022.[1]
Salary $75,686 (2021)[2]
Last Known Status Terminated[1]

Incident Reports

2022 Death of Thomas Siderio Jr.

Edsaul Mendoza booking photo
Edsaul Mendoza

On March 1, 2022, Mendoza and three other plainclothes officers were looking for a witness in a firearm investigation.[3] Officers encountered 12-year-old Siderio and another person, one of whom was holding a gun.[4] Police claim that Siderio fired at the vehicle. Broken glass injured one of the officers.[1]

Mendoza and another officer exited the vehicle and each fired their weapons.[1] Mendoza chased Siderio and saw him throw away a gun. Siderio either surrendered or fell before Mendoza fired again at a close distance, striking Siderio.[3]

Officers took Siderio to the hospital, where he died.[5]

The officers were not wearing body-worn cameras.[5] The incident was captured on two cameras.[1]

Response Timeline

Mendoza and the other officer who fired were placed on administrative leave.[5]

On March 8, 2022, Mendoza was fired for violating department policy.[1]

In May 2022, Mendoza was charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, and voluntary manslaughter.[3]

In January 2024, Siderio's family sued Mendoza and the city.[1]

Mendoza pleaded guilty to murder and possession of an instrument of crime.[1]

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