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Police Officer David Guttenberg | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

David Guttenberg

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, December 28, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 18 years

Badge # 15403

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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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.

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My thoughts and condolences to the family of PO Guttenberg. You are but one of many unsung heros of our profession. I love, admire and respect you and your sacrifice. May God grant you eternal rest and peace.

Detective Michael DeFelice, Retired
New York City Police Department
September 16, 2017


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