Patrolman David John Chetcuti

Patrolman David John Chetcuti

Millbrae Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 1998

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David John Chetcuti

Patrolman David Chetcuti was shot and killed after responding to backup another officer from a neighboring agency who was being shot at. A San Bruno police officer had stopped the suspect for not having current registration. As the officer approached the suspect's car, the suspect produced a high powered rifle and opened fire.

The officer was able to escape injury by diving into a drainage ditch for cover and calling for help. Patrolman Chetcuti, a motorcycle officer, was the first responding officer on scene. As he pulled up the suspect opened fire on him, striking him several times in the head and chest. The suspect then stole his weapon and fled the scene. A short chase ended until the suspect stopped and exited the vehicle with hands in the air.

Patrolman Chetcuti had served with the Millbrae Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 6

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Taken into custody

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I am pleased to have organized the 20 Year Tribute to Dave. Over a hundred friends and family gathered in the David Chetcuti Community Room. His three boys spoke, and there was a lot of laughter, as Dave would want. We still miss him terribly, but his heroism is just a reminder of the great officer he was.

Jim Pappas, 29J1
Retired Millbrae Police Dept

April 30, 2018

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