Detective Donald Ray Young

Detective Donald Ray Young

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, May 8, 2005

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Donald Ray Young

Detective Donald Young was shot and killed at a rental hall on West Mississippi Street.

He and another officer were in uniform, working an off duty job at a private celebration, when a man approached both officers from behind and opened fire on them in an unprovoked attack. The shooting occurred at approximately 0100 hours as patrons were leaving as the event ended. Detective Young was killed and the second officer was wounded.

The suspect fled the scene, but was captured on June 5th, 2005, in Culiacan on the western coast of Mexico. U.S. Marshals and Mexican authorities located and arrested him without incident. The suspect was sentenced to 80 years in prison on October 25, 2005.

Detective Young had served with the Denver Police Department for 12 years, and was assigned to the Fugitive / Bomb Unit. He is survived by his wife, two young daughters, and a son.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 93021

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 80 years

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Donnie was a neighbor and friend. Every year during Mother's Day (it was that day in 2005 when Donnie was killed), I reflect on this horrible incident. The perp escaped but a month later was brought back and convicted. RIP Donnie, your LE family looked after your wife and kids.

Bob Tomlinson
Former neighbor and friend

May 12, 2024

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