Police Officer Robert E. Machate

Police Officer Robert E. Machate

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, March 3, 1989

Add to My Heroes

Robert E. Machate

Police Officer Robert Machate was shot and killed while checking on an automobile.

Officer Machate and his partner stopped a vehicle that was occupied by two suspicious males. While they were questioning the males, one of the suspects was able to gain control of Officer Machate’s service weapon during a fierce struggle and shot him. The suspect fled but was later apprehended and charged with murder. He was acquitted of murder but convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Escape.

Officer Machate had served with the New York City Police Department for 2 ½ years and was survived by his wife, who was six months pregnant at the time of this incident. Officer Machate was assigned to the Brooklyn South Task Force Anti-Crime Unit.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 25539

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

Most Recent Reflection

View all 56 Reflections

Although I didnt know you I worked with your brother in Brooklyn North I was your brothers Sgt. I was deeply saddened by your tragic death at the time Rest in Peace ..from time to time I think about you and all my brothers and sisters in blue that are no longer here God bless you all

Sgt. FRANK Bayer

July 23, 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.