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Patrolman Anthony Oetheimer | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Anthony Oetheimer

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, March 26, 1949

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 5201

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Sentenced to 50 years to life

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Patrolman Oetheimer was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a suspect who had just committed an armed commercial robbery. At approximately 2325 hours Patrolman Oetheimer and his partner responded to a report of a robbery in progress at the King's Retail Liquor Store at 31-07 Forty-Seventh Street in Astoria, Queens. Upon arriving the officers observed the suspects fleeing the location. Patrolman Oetheimer exited his vehicle and began to chase the suspect on foot while exchanging gunfire with the suspect.

Patrolman Oetheimer followed the suspect down into the IND subway station at the corner of Forty-Seventh Street and Broadway. While searching the westbound platform, Patrolman Oetheimer was shot and mortally wounded by the suspect, who was hiding in a recess in the wall of the station.

The suspect then ran from the subway station, exiting at the Forty-Eighth Street exit. Two Officers from the 110th precinct observed the suspect exit the station and chased him ten blocks. The suspect pretended to give up, and when the officer moved in to make the arrest, the suspect opened fire, wounding both officers. A third officer from the 100th precinct was able to over take the suspect after a four block chase and subdue him with his night stick.

Patrolman Oetheimer was removed to the hospital where he died from his wounds.

The suspect plead guilty to second-degree murder, robbery and weapons charges after filing to convince a judge that he mentally insane and should not face a trial. He was sentenced to 50 year to life in prison. Two other suspects were also arrested and charged with providing and storing weapons for the suspect.

Patrolman Oetheimer was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions.

Patrolman Oetheimer was assigned to the 114th Precinct. He was survived by his parents.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 63rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I am sure that you were proud that your cousin Det. Bill Jewtraw continued your legacy of protecting and serving. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 26, 2012

 

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