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LODD-Det. Daniel Enchautegui-40pct

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Description: Born in Queens, raised in the Bronx and of Puerto Rican heritage, Officer Enchautegui had a quick smile. He carried his considerable weight lightly and seemed mature beyond his 28 years, taking his father to medical appointments and calling his sister every day of the week. He graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan in 2001, working as a security guard at the school and earning high marks. Officer Enchautegui died as he lived: by the book. He went out into the cold before dawn on Saturday - never mind that he had been asleep after working a night shift - because he heard breaking glass outside his Bronx home. He called 911, spelling his last name twice and describing his black coat so officers would not mistake him for a suspect. Mr. Kelly said he identified himself twice as a police officer before he was fired upon. Shot in the chest, he emptied his pistol with a marksman's accuracy, wounding the two suspects. Though not on the clock, Officer Enchautegui was acting in the line of duty when he confronted the men, the police said, making him the second officer killed this year in the line of duty. "He could have just called 911," said Jerry Nealon, 60, a retired police lieutenant and family friend. "He didn't have to go outside. Nobody would have faulted him had he not gone out. He went above and beyond what he had to do." The suspects, Steven Armento, 48, and Lillo Brancato Jr., 29, remained in fair condition yesterday at Jacobi Medical Center. A spokesman for the Bronx district attorney's office said the two men would be arraigned this morning in their hospital beds.

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