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The DEA Honor Roll

Official Line of Duty Deaths

Anthony J. Venditti

Anthony Venditti

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 679

Command: OCCB Joint Organized Crime Task Force

Date of Death: 01/21/1986

Cause of Death: Shot - Investigation

Detective Anthony J. Venditti, was shot to death while on an organized-crime stake-out.  Detective Venditti, 34 years old, was shot four times at a diner-style restaurant in Queens and his partner, Detective Kathleen Burke, was seriously wounded.  She was reported to be in satisfactory condition at Bellevue Hospital.


Three men, including one believed to be a member of the Genovese organized crime family, have been charged with second-degree murder in the case.  All three suspects were acquitted of murder.  They were later convicted of racketeering and sentenced to prison.


Detective Venditti, was appointed to the department in 1972 and promoted to detective in 1984. He was assigned to the Organized Crime Task Force on April 4.  He had received a commendation, a Meritorious Police Duty Award and 15 Excellent Police Duty Awards for outstanding police service.

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