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


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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Sitting here talking about you almost 15 years after you left this world and about 18 since I last saw you, and it's wonderful to hear from my baby girl " I wish he was still here. I think I would have been proud to know him." Jai I'm proud to have known you and it makes me happy to know my little girl would have been to. Your legacy of right and wrong will continue to live on, through those who loved you and those who they raised in your light.

A friend
December 14, 2015


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