FBI stepping in, reward offered for arrest in 1990 murder of Suffolk cop

The FBI is stepping in to help crack the 30-year-old unsolved murder case of a Suffolk County narcotics detective.

News 12 Staff

Feb 14, 2020, 4:43 PM

Updated 1,584 days ago

Share:

The FBI is stepping in to help crack the 30-year-old unsolved murder case of a Suffolk County narcotics detective. 
Suffolk Police Detective Dennis Wustenhoff was struck by a pipe bomb planted in the driver’s seat of his police vehicle on Feb. 15, 1999. Metal shards penetrated Wustenhoff’s body and he lived for only three more hours as doctors tried to save him.
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Dennis Wustenhoff's son will wear his father's badge - May 18, 2007:
 
Although police had named a person of interest, Wustenhoff's murder remains unsolved. 
However, a resurgence in the investigation started after Wustenhoff’s family created a Facebook page to share their story.
In the new attempt to find the killer, Suffolk County asked the FBI for the first time to take a look at the case. 
“We believe it is a good time now to have another agency look at the case from the ground up,” says Chief Gerard Gigante.
Police are also offering a $10,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest.
The Wustenhoff family says they have hope that the killer will be brought to justice.
Anyone with info can call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


More from News 12
1:40
Officials: Fire displaces 18 from Hempstead home with illegal subdivisions

Officials: Fire displaces 18 from Hempstead home with illegal subdivisions

2:35
Sunny and comfortable today; temps heat up to end the workweek

Sunny and comfortable today; temps heat up to end the workweek

Suffolk police: Man dies after being found unresponsive in West Islip swimming pool

Suffolk police: Man dies after being found unresponsive in West Islip swimming pool

0:33
Police: Man arrested in Montauk hit-and-run that left e-bike riders hurt

Police: Man arrested in Montauk hit-and-run that left e-bike riders hurt

0:29
Nassau police: 2 women charged in Franklin Square home burglary

Nassau police: 2 women charged in Franklin Square home burglary

0:35
Police: Man accused of driving drunk in East Meadow with 13-year-old boy inside car

Police: Man accused of driving drunk in East Meadow with 13-year-old boy inside car

2:02
 A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

0:42
Hundreds participate in 45th annual Shelter Island 10K & 5K Run/Walk

Hundreds participate in 45th annual Shelter Island 10K & 5K Run/Walk

1:20
Rapper Ja Rule performs at Mitchel Field as part of Nassau County’s Juneteenth celebration

Rapper Ja Rule performs at Mitchel Field as part of Nassau County’s Juneteenth celebration

0:31
Suffolk police: Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Bay Shore crash

Suffolk police: Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Bay Shore crash

1:46
‘We lost a brother.’ Friends, loved ones remember ‘Rookie of the Year’ firefighter at Hagerman FD

‘We lost a brother.’ Friends, loved ones remember ‘Rookie of the Year’ firefighter at Hagerman FD

1:34
Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

0:27
Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

2:07
New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

2:04
Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

2:15
Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

2:15
Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

2:07
Study: Food insecurity becomes growing problem for Long Islanders

Study: Food insecurity becomes growing problem for Long Islanders

0:41
Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago

Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago