Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 weeks
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Sentenced to 25 to 30 years
Officer Gutekunst was shot and killed while questioning a man who had bumped the vehicle that Officer Gutekunst was driving. The suspect had also been involved in other fender benders immediately prior to striking Officer Gutekunst's car. As Officer Gutekunst attempted to question the man the suspect shot him once in the chest. The suspect fled but was arrested three hours later by his uncle, a Newark detective, in a nearby tavern.
The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 to 30 years in prison July 28, 1966.
Officer Gutekunst had been with the agency for only 3 weeks.