Police Officer Michael J. Buczek

Police Officer Michael J. Buczek

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 18, 1988

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Michael J. Buczek

Police Officer Michael Buczek was shot and killed when he and his partner attempted to arrest two suspects on a drug charge in apartment building at 580 West 161st Street in Washington Heights.

One of the suspects shot Officer Buczek while attempting to run from the scene. Three suspects fled to the Dominican Republic where one later died in police custody and a second was apprehended by United States Marshals in 2000. The third suspect was apprehended in the Dominican Republic in May 2002.

On June 19th, 2003, two of the suspects were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Officer Buczek was survived by his wife, parents, and his sister.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 28

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

narcotics, arrest attempt

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My 8th grade year book was dedicated to your honor and heroism. I believe it was you and the washington heights neighborhood I grew up in that molded me to become a Police Officer. I met your Family at your Funeral and they were amazing people. Thank you to them for their sacrifice and loss. Thank you for making my neighborhood that much more safer your job was not easy in the late 80's. I'm eternally grateful R.I.P as you watch over us from Heaven.

Julianne Rahilly
N.Y.P.D St Elizabeth catholic school and parish

October 18, 2019

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