Lillo Brancato, who played Matt Bevilacqua on The Sopranos, was booked this morning on suspicion of murder in the death of off-duty New York City police officer Daniel Enchautegui, 28.
Early this morning, Enchautegui, who had been on the force for three years, went to investigate an apparent robbery of a neighbor’s home. When Brancato and accomplice Steven Armento, 48, emerged
from the home, Enchautegui identified himself as a police officer and ordered the two men to stop.
Armento fired once, mortally wounding Enchautegui.
Before collapsing, however, the wounded officer fired six shots, hitting Brancato twice in the chest and Armento in the abdomen, chest, right leg and groin.
Brancato and Armento hobbled off, only to be caught a short time later by police officers responding to Enchautegui’s call for back up.
Enchautegui was pronounced dead at 6:09 AM at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. According to the New York Times, police are investigating the possibility that Brancato and Armento were trying to rob a drug dealer but went to the wrong house.