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Detective Christopher Alexander Ridley | Mount Vernon Police Department, New York Mount Vernon Police Department, New York

Detective

Christopher Alexander Ridley

Mount Vernon Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, January 25, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 2174

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 1/25/2008

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Not available

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Detective Christopher Ridley was shot and killed after being mistaken for a suspect in White Plains, New York.

Detective Ridley was off duty when he observed a fight between two homeless men near the intersection of Court Street and Martine Avenue at approximately 5:00 pm. He exited his vehicle and attempted to break up the fight, but was then violently attacked by the aggressor. During the struggle, Detective Ridley's handgun fell to the ground and discharged, attracting the attention of two Westchester County police officers who were in an adjacent county building.

The two officers approached the scene as Detective Ridley picked up his weapon from the ground. Not realizing that Detective Ridley was a police officer, the two officers ordered him to drop his weapon and then fired when he did not comply, fatally wounding him.

Detective Ridley had served with the Mount Vernon Police Department for 1 year. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of detective. He is survived by his mother and father.

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Chris my heart is with you, I had been an officer with the Mount Vernon Police Dept. as a young police cadet and CSA officer. in 1971 to 1975 then went on the U.S. border patrol and and i am retired after 35 years.but you are always in my heart and prays as we both walked them streets and fought crime and made the city safer.Rest in peace Young police officer Christopher A. Ridley thank you for your service.

lieutenant Alber Randy Cook
U.S. Border Patrol
January 10, 2014

 

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