New York lost another of it's Finest early this morning. Daniel Enchautegui, 28, a three-year veteran, was shot in the chest outside of his Bronx home while attempting to prevent a robbery in progress.
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.
This is the fourth shooting involving police officers in less than a month. Officer Dillon Stewart was shot in the chest on November 28th and two state troopers were wounded in the course of a drug-bust on Tuesday.