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Police Officer Robert E. Machate | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Robert E. Machate

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, March 3, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 25539

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Officer Robert Machate was shot and killed while checking on an automobile.

Officer Machate and his partner stopped a vehicle that was occupied by two suspicious males. While they were questioning the males, one of the suspects was able to gain control of Officer Machate’s service weapon during a fierce struggle, and shot him. The suspect fled but was later apprehended and charged with murder. He was acquitted of murder, but convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Escape.

Officer Machate had served with the New York City Police Department for 2 ½ years and was survived by his wife, who was six months pregnant at the time of this incident. Officer Machate was assigned to the Brooklyn South Task Force Anti-Crime Unit.

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