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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)

Incident Date: 1/28/2000

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Charged with murder

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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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The Young family is remembering wonderful son, Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. (Jai) - We shall never forget. He is in our thoughts and prayers each and everyday. Fourteen years have passed. His legacy lives on through all of us. We will love and miss him each and everyday "Always and Forever". RIP son. May 19, 1970 - January 28, 2000. xoxo

Cornel, Amy, Joshua, and Jessica

Retired Major Cornel Young - Father
Providence Police Department
January 28, 2014

 

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