N.Y.: Actor and 2nd man are charged in officer's killing

Officer Down: Daniel Enchautegui - [New York, New York]

Biographical Info

Age: 28

Additional Info:  Officer Daniel Enchautegui had been with the New York Police Department for 3 years.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Officer Enchautegui was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress while off-duty.

Date of Incident: December 10, 2005

By Michael Wilson, The New York Times

N.Y.-- The two men arrested in Saturday's fatal shooting of a police officer in the Bronx were charged with murder yesterday, as new details emerged that led investigators to believe the men had been trying to steal Valium from a dead man's apartment when the officer confronted them.

The suspects, Steven Armento, 48, a convicted burglar, and Lillo Brancato Jr., 29, an actor who appeared in episodes of "The Sopranos" and in films including "A Bronx Tale," were shot by the officer and were in stable condition yesterday in the critical care unit of Jacobi Medical Center, the police said.

The police said the officer, Daniel Enchautegui, 28, had been awakened by the sound of glass breaking next door to his home on Arnow Place in Pelham Bay and later discovered the men in an alley between the houses. He was shot by Mr. Armento but managed to shoot both him and Mr. Brancato, the authorities said. The bleeding suspects were arrested nearby, by officers responding to a 911 call from Officer Enchautegui.

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