Deputy Sheriff James Michael Young

Deputy Sheriff James Michael Young

Coconino County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, May 25, 1983

James Michael Young

Deputy Sheriff James "Mike" Young was shot and killed while he and two other officers served an arrest warrant in Fredonia, Arizona.

The officers entered the home and proceeded down a hallway when the suspect came out of a room and exchanged shots with the officers. Twelve shots were fired; Deputy Young was shot four times and he returned fire and was able to hit the suspect four times. Another deputy was wounded, but survived. Both Deputy Young and the suspect died at the scene.

Deputy Young had previously served with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, the Coolidge (Arizona) Police Department, and the Yavapai County (Arizona) Sheriff's Department. The fire department in Black Canyon City Arizona, was named The Mike Young Memorial Fire Department after Deputy Young was killed.

Deputy Young was survived by his wife, two daughters from a previous marriage, his father, sister, and four brothers.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 129

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Hi hon...besides trying to find some of your close friends leaving reflections, I came across a pink book marker I wrote on to you. (We were always leaving notes for each other)
I was apologizing for the messy house I left before leaving for work. When I came home, you had already left. I read your response to my note...Hon, the house ain’t messy, just lived in. I love you, Mike
35 years now. 35.
We would have been married 39 years on May 27, 2018.

Widow of this wonderful man, 5/83

May 25, 2018

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