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Police Officer John C. Gutekunst | Newark Police Department, New Jersey Newark Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer

John C. Gutekunst

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Saturday, October 16, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 3 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 25 to 30 years

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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.

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My dear friend John was a wonderful man. So kind and thoughtful I still think of him. God bless you John until we meet again.

Karen orourke
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February 28, 2017


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