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Sergeant Cornel Young, Jr. | Providence Police Department, Rhode Island Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

Sergeant

Cornel Young, Jr.

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch: Friday, January 28, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 373

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Sergeant Cornel Young was shot and killed by other officers who had mistaken him for a suspect.

Sergeant Young was off duty at a late night diner when a disturbance was started by other patrons. Sergeant Young, who was in plainclothes, observed a suspect with a gun confronting two officers. With his gun drawn, Sergeant Young approached them to offer assistance. The officers did not recognize him and ordered him to drop his gun. When he did not drop the weapon, the officers fired, striking him. Sergeant Young was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The suspect who first confronted the officers was charged with murder in connection with Sergeant Young's death.

Sergeant Young was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He had served with the Providence Police Department for 3 years and is survived by his parents. His father also served with the Providence Police Department at the time of the incident.

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One of the saddest things that can happen in this profession happened here. Sgt. Young, you had so little chance to prove your metal to the world but in the short time you wore the badge, you showed you were willing and able to do the job.

God Bless you, Brother. It's been 17 long hard years for all who were involved and especially all who know and love you best and miss you each and every day.

May your eternal rest be forever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
January 28, 2017

 

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