Detective Christopher Alexander Ridley

Detective Christopher Alexander Ridley

Mount Vernon Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, January 25, 2008

Christopher Alexander Ridley

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.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 2174

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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Not a day passes where we do not think about, reflect on, or remember you Chris. Although you were fairly new to law enforcement, you had a heart of gold and the courage many men wish they had. You inspired me in more ways than you know. Your name and memory will live forever in the Mount Vernon Police Department and the City that you loved and who will always love you. On this 10th year since you were taken from us, we are re-dedicating the street in front of Mount Vernon Police Headquarters in your honor.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13

Shawn D. Harris, Commissioner of Police
City of Mount Vernon Police Department

May 14, 2018

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