Police Officer John C. Gutekunst

Police Officer John C. Gutekunst

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, October 16, 1965

John C. Gutekunst

Officer Gutekunst was shot and killed while questioning a man who had bumped the vehicle that Officer Gutekunst was driving. The suspect had also been involved in other fender benders immediately prior to striking Officer Gutekunst's car. As Officer Gutekunst attempted to question the man the suspect shot him once in the chest. The suspect fled but was arrested three hours later by his uncle, a Newark detective, in a nearby tavern.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 to 30 years in prison July 28, 1966.

Officer Gutekunst had been with the agency for only 3 weeks.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 to 30 years

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My dear friend John was a wonderful man. So kind and thoughtful I still think of him. God bless you John until we meet again.

Karen orourke
My friend

February 28, 2017

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