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Detective Daniel Enchautegui | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Daniel Enchautegui

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, December 10, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 29246

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Apprehended

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Detective Daniel Enchautegui was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress while off-duty.

Detective Enchautegui had just returned home after finishing a late shift when he heard breaking glass in the house next door to his. He called 911 to report a possible burglary in progress. He then grabbed his off-duty 9mm weapon, put his police shield around his neck so he would not be mistaken for a suspect by responding officers and went outside to investigate.

As Detective Enchautegui waited for back-up units, two suspects emerged from the rear of the location. Detective Enchautegui drew his weapon and identified himself as a police officer by yelling "Police, Don't Move" in both English and Spanish. One of the men turned on Detective Enchautegui with a .357 caliber handgun in hand and opened fire, striking Detective Enchautegui once in the chest, piercing his heart. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Enchautegui was able to return fire, firing all eight rounds from his weapon, striking one suspect twice and the other suspect six times.

Officers responding to the scene apprehended both suspects as they were attempting to flee and recovered the weapon used to kill Detective Enchautegui.

Detective Enchautegui was taken to Jacobi Medical Center where he died from his wound.

In November 2008 one suspect was convicted of Aggravated Murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The second suspect was acquitted of Murder charges, and found guilty of Attempted Burglary

Detective Enchautegui was posthumously promoted from Police Officer to Detective on December 14, 2005 by the Police Commissioner. On June 15, 2006, he was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor.

Detective Enchautegui had served with the New York City Police Department for three years, and was assigned to the 40th Precinct in the Bronx.

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To the family of P.O Daniel Echautegui, 6 months after I moved to the Pelham Bay area, we, the community as a whole, lost a young police man with a promising future. For years his tragic lost weigh heavy on me, I've never had the opportunity to meet him but I'm sure we've crossed paths either at Bonavita supermarket even Pelham Bay park. Everyday I walk past the house he lived in when walking my dog or if I'm jogging in the area. At times I look at the street sign named after him and I shake my head in disbelief. 28 years old- just so unfair. My son who will soon be 24 expressed interest in joining NYPD and I encourage him wholeheartedly. My running friends asked if I wanted to run the NYPD Memorial 5K run on 5/22/16 and I accepted the offer and before they had a chance to suggest a fallen hero to run for I already knew I would be running for Officer Enchautegui, my running bib is personalized with his name in his honor. I will take pictures and if anyone is in contact with his family please share this information. P.O Enchautegui, thank you for serving and protecting. This one is for you. To the family: After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us. My condolences.

Iris Rivera
May 21, 2016


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