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The DEA Honor Roll

Official Line of Duty Deaths

Daniel Enchautegui

Daniel Enchautegui

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 5562

Command: 040 Precinct

Date of Death: 12/10/2005

Cause of Death: Shot - Off Duty

In the early morning hours of December 10, 2005, Det. Daniel Enchautegui was at home in the red brick duplex he rented in the Pelham Bay area of The Bronx.  Around 5:30 am, he heard suspicious noises and the sound of breaking glass outside.  First, he called his landlord who lived in the building, and then he called 911 to report the situation.  He identified himself as an officer and told the operator he would meet the responding cops outside.  Armed with a gun, a cell phone, and wearing his police shield, Enchautegul spotted two men breaking into his neighbor’s house.  The Officer loudly identified himself as a cop in both English and in Spanish, but instead of freezing, one perpetrator opened fire, shooting Enchautegul in the chest near the heart.  The Officer managed to squeeze off several shots, hitting the gunman four times and his accomplice twice.  Nearby 45 Precinct cops heard the sound of gunfire and spotted the bleeding and limping perpetrators attempting to flee.  On the pavement a block away, lay Officer Enchautegul.  Precinct and ESI cops desperately tried CPR until the responding ambulance was able to rush the mortally…

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