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New NYPD detective takes badge number to honor slain cop

A NYPD officer who was promoted to detective Tuesday took the badge number once worn by his wife’s grandfather — a detective who was shot to death through a door in the line of duty over 50 years ago in Brooklyn.

Andrew Lassen said it was an “extreme honor” to wear shield number 1203 in the footsteps of Det. Salvatore Potenza, who was killed in 1964.

“I never thought this would happen,” said Lassen, whose wife, Tara, was by his side at a Promotion Ceremony in Manhattan Tuesday.

“I hope to help everybody, any crimes that happen, shootings that happen,” said Lassen, who’s stationed in the 60 Precinct detectives squad. “I want to solve it and help people all around.”

Potenza was killed responding to a complaint with Det. James Donegan of a man had assaulted his wife and threatened to kill her in the Flatlands.

When the detectives knocked on the door, Donald Guyette, 35, opened fire. The ex-convict and former mental patient killed both men.

Guyette then stole their service weapons and fled to his wife’s home. He told her what he had done and then shot himself to death.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/08/22/new-nypd-detective-takes-badge-number-to-honor-slain-cop/

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