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Cops pay respects to fallen officer


Large numbers of police officers, firefighters and city officials traveled to the Bronx Tuesday night for the second wake of Officer Daniel Enchautegui, who was gunned down outside his home in the Pelham section after confronting two alleged burglars.

A stream of officers in dress-blue uniforms flowed through the doors of Schuyler Hill Funeral Home in Throgs Neck, to file past the open casket of Enchautegui, 28, the second officer killed this year.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly attended but declined to talk to reporters. Many officers stood outside the funeral home on East Tremont Avenue, seemingly unperturbed by bitter temperatures in the low 20s. Firefighters and a uniformed contingent of officers from Yonkers also were in attendance.

Inside, dozens of family members held vigil in the first row of the funeral home chapel.

Enchautegui, who worked at the 40th Precinct in the Bronx, was killed early Saturday after he exchanged gunfire with Steven Armento, one of two men who police said was trying to break into a house next door to his. The other alleged burglar was Lillo Brancato Jr., who starred in "A Bronx Tale" with Robert De Niro and several episodes of "The Sopranos" television show.

Armento, 48, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, among other felonies. Brancato, 29, faces a second-degree murder charge.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) railed against the number of guns that are out on the street.

"The real problem is that the guns that come here are not manufactured here," he said. "Some come from North Carolina, some from Virginia, where they are purchased."

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