Police Officer David Guttenberg

Police Officer David Guttenberg

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, December 28, 1978

David Guttenberg

Police Officer David Guttenberg was shot and killed when he walked into a robbery in progress.

Officer Guttenberg entered an auto body shop near the corner of 86th Street and Seventh Avenue to check on a double-parked vehicle. Unbeknownst to the officer there was a man inside the location robbing the shop. When Officer Guttenberg entered he was shot and killed. The suspect then fled the location in the double parked car. A look-out who was standing near the double parked car fled on foot when he heard the shots.

Officer Guttenberg’s partner, who was sitting in the parked patrol car, was unaware of what had happened until the store owner ran out of the store when the suspects fled. He was unable to apprehend either suspect, as they had already fled in the vehicle.

Both men were apprehended and convicted of murder. They were both sentenced to life in prison. The shooter died in prison and his lookout was paroled in July of 2014.

Officer Guttenberg had served with the New York City Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the 68th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 15403

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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I was a young man when Officer Gutenberg patrolled 86th Street in Bay Ridge. I worked in a store on that busy block and had frequent conversations with him. He was such a great guy and honest. Here I am so many years later recalling a man that I briefly knew but made a lifetime impact on me.
Such a waste of life.

Angelo Giusti

May 7, 2018

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