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Detective Donald Ray Young | Denver Police Department, Colorado Denver Police Department, Colorado


Donald Ray Young

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Sunday, May 8, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 93021

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 80 years

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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.

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It's hard to think that it was 10 years ago that you were taken. I will never forget that night as long as I live. We still tell stories about old times and talk about you often. I wasn't able to make it to Denver yesterday to pay my respects so I wanted to say something on here. We miss you Donnie, thank you for looking out for us from heaven.

Officer Kevin Everson
Salida Police Department
May 9, 2015


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