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Posted: 12/10/2005 4:29:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/10/2005 1:07:08 PM EDT by ColtM4]
Just heard it on the news

In Pelham Bay section of the Bronx , an off duty NYPD Officer has been shot at least once in the chest and is now reporting to have died. Two others (unknown who/what) have also been shot and are in Jacobi Hospital.

Damn

Link Posted: 12/10/2005 4:34:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 4:40:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/10/2005 4:45:19 AM EDT by Wave]
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 4:48:34 AM EDT
The Street Crime Unit needs to return
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 5:07:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:
Time to really unleash the dogs of war upon this f-ing liberal city. Prayers go out to this officers family.



+1
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 7:56:54 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 8:33:54 AM EDT
Not another, what is happening to LEO's lately

Prayers sent with him and his family
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 12:02:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 1:00:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/10/2005 1:05:40 PM EDT by ColtM4]
An off-duty police officer was shot and killed in a pre-dawn gunfight Saturday with two burglars outside his home in the Bronx, authorities said.
Daniel Enchautegui, 28, a three-year veteran, was pronounced dead at the Jacobi Medical Center following a shootout with the suspects at about 5:15 a.m., on Arnow Place in the Pelham Bay section, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Both of the suspects were shot and wounded in the incident.

He was the second officer to die in the line of duty in two weeks.

“This is a loss to the department and the city,” said Mayor Bloomberg, who joined Kelly at the hospital. “We now have another life to mourn, taken from us for no sensible reason.”

The officer had returned home after finishing a late shift when he heard breaking glass in the house next door, Kelly said. The officer first called his landlord about the incident, then called 911 to report a possible burglary in process. The officer grabbed his off-duty weapon and went outside to investigate. His landlord heard Enchautegui shout, “Police! Don’t move!”, followed by the sound of gunfire, Kelly said.

The officer was struck once in the chest with a bullet from a .357-caliber handgun. Before collapsing in the driveway of the home, the officer returned fire and struck both of the suspects — one was hit twice, the other four times.

A police car on routine patrol in the Bronx neighborhood arrested one of the wounded men as he was getting into a car, Kelly said. The second suspect, carrying a handgun, was arrested as he was running from the scene. Both men were taken into custody without incident, and were at Jacobi in serious condition, Kelly said.

Although police were initially using dogs and a helicopter to search for other suspects, Kelly said it appeared only the two wounded men were involved.

Subway trains on the No. 6 elevated line were stopped for several hours as the search continued. The subway tracks were across the street from the shooting scene on Arnow Place — a quiet, tree-lined block of red brick homes in the residential, working-class neighborhood near the Bronx Botanical Gardens. Around the corner, on Bruckner Boulevard, is the Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church.

The shooting was the fourth involving police officers since mid-November. Officer Dillon Stewart was shot in the heart on Nov. 28 during a car chase in Brooklyn and killed by a bullet that missed his protective vest and entered his armpit. A suspect in that shooting was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in a separate shooting that wounded another officer nine days earlier.

On Tuesday, two state troopers were wounded and an armed drug suspect was shot and killed during a pre-dawn raid in the Bronx. The troopers were part of a heavily armed SWAT team assisting investigators from the Westchester district attorney’s office, the FBI and other agencies.

NYC Police Officer Killed After Shootout
By VERENA DOBNIK
Associated Press Writer

December 10, 2005, 1:16 PM EST

NEW YORK -- An off-duty police officer was killed Saturday in a gunfight with two burglars outside his home, and authorities said an actor from "The Sopranos" was a suspect.

Daniel Enchautegui, 28, a three-year veteran, was pronounced dead at a hospital following the 5:15 a.m. shooting, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

He was the second officer to die in the line of duty in two weeks.

"This is a loss to the department and the city," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who joined Kelly at the hospital. "We now have another life to mourn, taken from us for no sensible reason."

The officer had returned to his Bronx home after finishing a late shift when he heard breaking glass in an unoccupied house next door, Kelly said. The officer first called his landlord, then called 911 to report a possible burglary.

The officer grabbed his off-duty weapon and went outside to investigate. His landlord heard Enchautegui shout, "Police! Don't move!", followed by the sound of gunfire, Kelly said.

The officer was struck once in the chest with a bullet from a .357-caliber revolver. Before collapsing in the driveway of the home, he returned fire and struck both of the suspects -- one was hit twice, the other four times.

One of the suspects was identified by police as Lillo Brancato Jr., an actor who also appeared in several episodes of "The Sopranos" as Matt Bevilacqua, a mob wannabe who eventually was murdered. He made his debut in the Robert De Niro-directed film "A Bronx Tale" back in 1993.

Brancato was arrested in June for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A police car on routine patrol arrested Brancato as he was getting into a car, police said. The second suspect, Steven Armento, was arrested as he ran from the scene. Police identified Armento as the gunman.

Both men were taken into custody without incident and were in serious condition, Kelly said.

Although police were initially using dogs and a helicopter to search for other suspects, Kelly said it appeared only the two wounded men were involved. Subway trains were stopped for several hours as the search continued.

Another officer was shot on Nov. 28 during a car chase in Brooklyn and killed by a bullet that missed his protective vest.

A suspect in that shooting was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in a separate shooting that wounded another officer earlier in November.

On Tuesday, two state troopers were wounded and a drug suspect was killed when shots were fired during a raid in the Bronx.

Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 1:12:31 PM EDT
RIP brother, you are gone but not forgotten.


Link Posted: 12/10/2005 1:24:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 1:32:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 2:51:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:

Originally Posted By Striker:
Damn..hit in the chest with a .357 and still took the fight to the scumbags..and hits on both of them.



That sounds like a REAL cop to me...



I second that, RIP you're courage and bravery will be missed
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 2:55:30 PM EDT
Prayers for family on the way.
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 3:02:07 PM EDT
Good shooting by the officer.
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 3:11:46 PM EDT
Here is the suspects filmography.

Both of the NYPD cops killed in the past two weeks faught through their injuries. Same with the wounded cop three weeks ago. Badass.
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 7:41:43 PM EDT
Here is some detailed and interesting info from the NY Times website.

Law enforcement officials said last night that both suspects had made self-incriminating statements and that Mr. Armento had admitted shooting the officer. They also said the men had planned to rob a drug dealer but had hit the wrong house, one that was vacant except for two second-story tenants, and had come away with nothing.

Both suspects live in Yonkers, where the police and neighbors said they had histories involving drugs, guns, fights, thefts and other trouble. The ties between the two were murky, but a neighbor said that Mr. Brancato had dated a daughter of Mr. Armento. The neighbor also that Mr. Armento had stalked his neighborhood with a pit bull and a gun, and that Mr. Brancato - who had portrayed mob wannabes in movies and on television - had a well-developed tough-guy swagger.

The battle yesterday unfolded on Arnow Place near Westchester Avenue in Pelham Bay about 5:20 a.m., the police said, after Officer Enchautegui, who had been on the force for three years and worked in the 40th Precinct in the Bronx, was awakened in his basement apartment at 3117 Arnow by the clatter of breaking glass.

Officer Enchautegui, who had been off duty for little more than five hours after working a 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift, got up and called his landlord, Henry Dziedzic, upstairs and asked if he had heard the breaking of glass. The landlord said that he had not.

The officer put on a black winter coat, slung his police shield around his neck, took his cellphone and off-duty pistol, an eight-shot KHR semiautomatic, and went out to investigate, Commissioner Kelly said. On the side of the house next door, at 3119 Arnow, he saw that a basement window had been broken.

Officer Enchautegui immediately called 911 for backup officers. Following procedure, the police said, he calmly identified himself as an officer and said he was investigating a possible burglary next door. He also noted that he was armed and was wearing his shield on a necklace, and he described his black coat so that he would not be mistaken for a burglar and possibly shot by fellow officers, the police said.

As Officer Enchautegui waited on the tree-lined street of red-brick homes, two men, one of them armed, emerged from the house he had under surveillance.

"Police! Don't move! Police! Don't move!" Officer Enchautegui shouted, loud enough for his landlord to hear.

Investigators - who said they had pieced together an account of what happened from evidence at the scene and from neighbors' descriptions of the sequence of gunfire - said that the armed suspect, identified as Mr. Armento, a parolee with three convictions for burglary and possession of stolen property, had fired first, with a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver.

The bullet struck Officer Enchautegui in the left chest, but he responded with at least six shots, investigators said, striking Mr. Brancato twice in the chest and Mr. Armento four times in the abdomen, chest, right leg and groin, before collapsing.

As the officer went down in his driveway, the wounded assailants hobbled west toward Westchester Avenue, a half block away, where two officers had just pulled up in a patrol car, responding to Officer Enchautegui's 911 call.

They first spotted Mr. Brancato beside a silver, late-model Dodge Durango, parked on Westchester Avenue. He was bleeding onto the door handle and into the street. They searched him, found no weapon, and arrested him.

The officers then turned into Arnow Place and saw Mr. Armento running at them with a gun in his hand, according to the police. He, too, was bleeding. The officers took cover, one behind a parked car and the other behind the corner of a building, and shouted at the approaching gunman: "Stop! Police! Drop the gun!"

At that, the man dropped his weapon and collapsed in the street, about 50 feet from the officers.

Back at the shooting scene, another officer and a sergeant found Officer Enchautegui, lying face up and bleeding in his driveway. He was breathing shallowly, apparently near death, and appeared to be unconscious. Emergency service officers administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, and he was taken by ambulance to Jacobi Medical Center, where further efforts to revive him failed. He was pronounced dead at 6:09 a.m.

Mr. Brancato's most recent appearance was in court last June after he was arrested by Yonkers officers who, in a routine traffic stop, said they found four envelopes of heroin in his possession. The disposition of that case was unclear yesterday. The police were called to a domestic dispute at his home at 55 Rushby Way last week, according to neighbors who said that the officers had found crack cocaine in his pocket. But there was no record of an arrest.

The police said Mr. Armento had a history of 13 arrests on weapons, drugs, burglary and other charges and three convictions that led to prison terms. A neighbor said she had obtained an order of protection against Mr. Armento after he had fired a shot at her heart and after his pit bull had attacked her fiancé. The police said he was currently on parole, and had been running with the murder weapon when captured, an assertion that will require ballistic tests to confirm.

Friends said Officer Enchautegui visited his parents almost every day, and often escorted his father, who has been ill, to medical appointments. The officer, who was Hispanic and spoke Spanish fluently, was described by Mr. Dziedzic as a conscientious, friendly tenant.

Link Posted: 12/10/2005 7:41:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/10/2005 7:42:22 PM EDT by ColtM4]
Damn

Link Posted: 12/10/2005 8:03:17 PM EDT
This is getting ridiculous. 2 in 2 weeks.......What the hell is going on?
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 10:01:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:

Originally Posted By Striker:
Damn..hit in the chest with a .357 and still took the fight to the scumbags..and hits on both of them.



That sounds like a REAL cop to me...



It's tragic that he died, but by God he died like a warrior. Condolences to all the brethren at NYPD.
Link Posted: 12/10/2005 11:27:15 PM EDT
Holy crap. Officer's family are in my prayers. Way to go down fighting. Six hits after struck in the chest. Wow.

I saw this run on the news and caught a glimpse of one of the guys pictures. That little bastard was in Renaissance Man with Danny Devito. He was one of the soldiers who was onscreen alot. Unbelievable.

--Josh
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 4:22:24 AM EDT
Prayers to the family. A sad day....
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 4:58:50 AM EDT




Heartfelt condolences to the slain officers family, friends, and co-workers


This isn't about the Sopranos. It is about a brave police officer who was killed protecting his neighborhood from cold-blooded killers - that ought to fry for it!
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 5:28:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/11/2005 5:29:47 AM EDT by Bhart89]
Here's a pic of one of the the POS perps.


Link instead of xhere
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 6:29:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/11/2005 7:12:39 AM EDT
RIP

Damn, what a warrior. Prayers to the family.

Link Posted: 12/11/2005 8:44:34 AM EDT
Hero Police Officer Daniel Enchautegui, 28


Some Pictures of the scene






Another great story about this great officer

'The epitome of what a police officer should be'

BY LUIS PEREZ AND TANIA PADGETT
STAFF WRITERS

December 11, 2005

Long before he became a cop, Daniel Enchautegui had already been looking after his neighbors.

About four years ago, a woman's screams shattered the quiet of an afternoon inside a two-story home in the Crotona Park East section of the Bronx, said Migdalia Torres, 53, a friend of the Enchautegui family. Torres and Enchautegui's family, who lived in the house, knew that the woman's boyfriend, with whom she had broken up, had returned to argue with her again.

Enchautegui, a quiet but strapping young man just about to become a cop, came upon his frightened neighbor and her ex-boyfriend while returning home from a security job.

"Do me a favor. Don't come back here anymore or I will call the police," Enchautegui told the intruder, Torres recalled yesterday.

"The man left and all was calm again," said Torres, who still lives at the house. "He didn't like to see people being abused. It would tear him up."

At 6 a.m. yesterday, nine miles away from his parents' home, Police Officer Enchautegui, 28, was shot and killed in the Pelham section of the Bronx while responding to an apparent break-in at a neighbor's house. He had three years on the job.

At the 40th Precinct in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx, where Enchautegui was assigned, black and purple bunting was lifted onto the facade by noon. No one there was surprised to hear that Enchautegui had been helping a neighbor when he died.

"He was his job. He was the epitome of what a police officer should be," said Police Officer Robert Korn, 27, Enchautegui's partner for a year.

The two officers, who first met at the police academy, were an odd pair - Enchautegui was Puerto Rican, Korn is an observant, conservative Jew.

But when Enchautegui was assigned a 4 p.m. to midnight shift, Korn switched his hours as well - meaning he could no longer keep Sabbath - so he could continue to work with his partner.

"When I worked with him, I knew my back was covered," said Korn, of Washington Heights.

Together, both cops attended the funeral last week of Officer Dillon Stewart, who was fatally shot in Brooklyn. Korn said his partner was "very upset" by that shooting.

Born in Long Island City but raised in the Bronx, Enchautegui, an only son, worked his way through college as a security guard at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, graduating from there in 2001.

Enchautegui's parents, Pedro Enchautegui and Maria Rosa, who moved from Guayama, Puerto Rico, to the United States as teenagers, both visited the hospital yesterday. But only the father took the elevator upstairs to identify his son's body, said a police official who was there.

"They still can't believe it," said Torres, the family friend. "They say it's a bad dream, because he was here yesterday."

Enchautegui's colleagues described him as a gentle soul who was also the type to get excited about an arrest. He was a Giants fan and was often the one who organized their hunting and camping trips to the Catskills.

"He was the kind of guy everybody always wanted to be around," said Officer Steve Puliga. "Some police officers, they're working a year on the job and they're disgruntled. You didn't hear any of that from Daniel. He never got mad and he never raised his voice."

Of course, none of his colleagues at the precinct could pronounce "Enchautegui," so the nicknames piled on. Police Officer Noreen Kellie, 33, who had worked at the 40th Precinct, preferred "Enchilada." Another moniker was "Homer Simpson," not just because Enchautegui was a fan, but also because some cops felt he bore some physical similarity to the cartoon dad.

He was large - and everyone teased him about his weight. He stood at 5 feet, 11 inches and weighed 245 pounds.

Enchautegui took it all in with a grin.

Sgt. Cyress Smith, who supervised him, recalled his last conversation with Enchautegui. It was about how his bulletproof vest fit too snugly, leaving unprotected gaps around the armpits. (Enchautegui wasn't wearing a vest when he was shot.)

"Daniel, you have to fix those gaps in your vest," Smith recalled telling Enchautegui as a jab.

Both cops started laughing.

"Now, it's ironic," Smith said. "It's very sad."
Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.




Link Posted: 12/11/2005 1:25:42 PM EDT
Damn.

RIP, brother.

Link Posted: 12/12/2005 5:35:54 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 6:03:51 AM EDT
There is a special place reserved for him in heaven.

RIP Brother...

Link Posted: 12/12/2005 2:27:21 PM EDT
What were these unwashed liberal dickheads doing? Trying to find their "motivation" for a role?
F#&k them!!
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 4:12:06 PM EDT
He died as a hero...God Bless him and his family.

RIP Brother,

Semper Fi,
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 7:40:37 PM EDT
6 hits out of an 8 shot. Awesome hit ratio. Too bad he didn't kill both of them.

Prayers for his wife and family and his brother officers in NYPD.
Link Posted: 12/12/2005 8:22:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/12/2005 8:23:15 PM EDT by ColtM4]
We just gotsome more info.

It appears that he got off all 8 rds from his Kahr K9 , he fired 6 rds at perp with the gun / hit all 6 rds . 3/R leg , 1/groin , 1/stomach , 1 shoulder. He also fired two rds at perp 2 (actor fag boy) and hit him with both rds , 1/groin , 1/chest.

Thats 8/8 very impressive , he went out like badass. God bless him
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:14:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 1:06:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ColtM4:
Thats 8/8 very impressive , he went out like badass. God bless him



From everything I have heard, he sure did.

F'in shame.

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