Police Officer David Guttenberg

Police Officer David Guttenberg

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, December 28, 1978

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David Guttenberg

Police Officer David Guttenberg was shot and killed when he walked into a robbery in progress.

Officer Guttenberg entered an auto body shop near the corner of 86th Street and Seventh Avenue to check on a double-parked vehicle. Unbeknownst to the officer, there was a man inside the location robbing the shop. When Officer Guttenberg entered, he was shot and killed. The suspect then fled the location in the double-parked car. A look-out who was standing near the double-parked car fled on foot when he heard the shots.

Officer Guttenberg’s partner, who was sitting in the parked patrol car, was unaware of what had happened until the store owner ran out of the store when the suspects fled. He was unable to apprehend either suspect, as they had already fled in the vehicle.

Both men were apprehended and convicted of murder. They were both sentenced to life in prison. The shooter died in prison; his lookout was paroled in July of 2014.

Officer Guttenberg had served with the New York City Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the 68th Precinct. His wife and four children survived him.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 15403

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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Patrolman Guttenberg, I never had the honor of meeting you. However, for the last 21 years, I enter the doors of the 68 stationhouse and am reminded of your sacrifice along with others. Today is 40 years ago that you were snatched from this earth, but somehow I know that you are with us and your family. The saying goes... "Never Forget". We won't forget and will continue to remeber and pass your life along to the new officers that will become your brothers and sisters. Rest in peace and thank you for your service to our country, community and the NYPD.


December 28, 2018

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