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 an 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 had served with the New York City Police Department for over three years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and his sister.

A baseball field, park, and elementary school have all been named in his honor.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years, 3 months
  • Badge 28

Incident Details

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

narcotics, arrest attempt

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I used to go to the school on 186-187 round 2001-2004

They made sure we attended Michaels annual memorial mass at the church near by. I used to feel honored as a kid. Getting lined up to enter the church or receiving the communion while reflecting on his death.

Is crazy how still think bout the traditions is now 2023 , the school is responsible for teaching us respect nd heroism thanks to ms Walsh and bonifacio.

Nyc could be a different place if the school didn’t give up on them ..


Former student p.s 48

February 21, 2023

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