Captain Albert L. Youmans

Captain Albert L. Youmans

Schenectady Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, November 29, 1924

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Albert L. Youmans

Captain Albert Youmans and Patrolman John Flynn were shot and killed after being ambushed by a gunman hidden behind a factory wall on Edison Avenue and the railroad bridge at 10:00 pm.

Despite being wounded by the shotgun blast himself, Patrolman Flynn carried the mortally wounded Captain Youmans to a call box one block away. Captain Youmans was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the next day. Patrolman Flynn recovered slightly from his wounds and returned to light police duty before taking a turn for the worse and succumbing to his wounds ten years later.

The prime suspect was later shot and killed in a shootout with Patrolman Frank Quinlivan on September 15, 1925. Patrolman Quinlivan was also killed in the shootout.

Prior to killing Patrolman Quinlivan, the suspect was also the prime suspect in the murder of Sergeant Thomas Oates of the Troy Police Department.

Captain Youmans had served with the Schenectady Police Department for 22 years.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 21

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, November 28, 1924
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, retaliation

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