The DEA Honor Roll
Official Line of Duty Deaths
Anthony J. Venditti
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.