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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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Thank You Robert

I use to work with Robert, his brother and father at a movie theater (Kenmore) in Brooklyn NY in the 80's. He was a great guy, genuine, strong and quiet.

I grew up in a bad area in Brooklyn and the relationship with police officers weren't that great but working with him and his family totally changed my outlook. It made me realize we area all human and have a job to do on this earth, it just so happens that Robert had one of the most dangerous ones.

Thanks to him I have been an NYPD Citywide dispatcher for 15 years. Now I have to power to send help when unit call for "central". Just to let all know that all of them out in the field, when they yell for help it will NOT fall on deaf ears.

I am doing my part to protect the city and the world from bad people as Robert did.

God Bless you and I hope your walking your beat in Heaven.

December 10, 2016


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