Name : Oetheimer, Anthony E. 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 5201 Command: 114 Pct.
Date of Death: 1949-03-26   Cause of Death: Shot-Robbery in progress
 Patrolman Oetheimer was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a suspect who had just committed an armed commercial robbery. At approximately 2325 hours Patrolman Oetheimer and his partner responded to a report of a robbery in progress at the King's Retail Liquor Store at 31-07 Forty-Seventh Street in Astoria, Queens. Upon arriving the officers observed the suspects fleeing the location. Patrolman Oetheimer exited his vehicle and began to chase the suspect on foot while exchanging gunfire with the suspect.

Patrolman Oetheimer followed the suspect down into the IND subway station at the corner of Forty-Seventh Street and Broadway. While searching the westbound platform, Patrolman Oetheimer was shot and mortally wounded by the suspect, who was hiding in a recess in the wall of the station.

The suspect then ran from the subway station, exiting at the Forty-Eighth Street exit. Two Officers from the 110th precinct observed the suspect exit the station and chased him ten blocks. The suspect pretended to give up, and when the officer moved in to make the arrest, the suspect opened fire, wounding both officers. A third officer from the 100th precinct was able to over take the suspect after a four block chase and subdue him with his night stick.

Patrolman Oetheimer was removed to the hospital where he died from his wounds.

The suspect plead guilty to second-degree murder, robbery and weapons charges after filing to convince a judge that he mentally insane and should not face a trial. He was sentenced to 50 year to life in prison. Two other suspects were also arrested and charged with providing and storing weapons for the suspect.

Patrolman Oetheimer was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions.
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Comments from Friends    
Rest in peace brother.

On March 26, 1999 the 114 Precinct held a simple ceremony in the hallway of the 114th where there is a plaque honoring Plt. Oetheimer. His partner was contacted beforehand and he knew why the precinct was calling "it's the anniversity" he tried to make it to the ceremony but couldn't. Joe Torregrosa
— Joe Torregrosa

— sjs
Posted: November 29, 2006, 12:39 pm

Anthony you died making New York a safer place.Even though you passed you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace
— Tommy
Posted: March 26, 2013, 5:44 am

Anthony we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: March 26, 2014, 12:23 pm

Anthony we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: March 19, 2015, 3:45 am

You will never be forgotten by your peers and the Astoria Community
— matthew donnelly
Posted: March 10, 2017, 1:45 pm



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