Police Officer David Guttenberg

Police Officer David Guttenberg

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, December 28, 1978

Add to My Heroes

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.

In October 2017, Seventh Avenue and 86th Avenue was renamed Patrolman David Guttenberg Avenue.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 15403

Incident Details

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

robbery in progress

Most Recent Reflection

View all 46 Reflections

Rest in peace.


December 29, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.