Police Officer Harvey R. Young

Police Officer Harvey R. Young

Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, August 25, 1967

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Harvey R. Young

Police Officer Harvey Young was shot and killed by a 35-year-old drifter he had arrested on an outstanding warrant.

As he was transporting the suspect to jail, the suspect somehow gained control of his service revolver and shot him in the back four times. The suspect was arrested at a nearby apartment complex.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death on December 7, 1967. His sentence was commuted to life in 1973. On October 21, 1980, he hanged himself at the Northern Correctional Institute in Somers.

Officer Young served with the Hartford Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

arrest attempt, warrant

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Officer Young, it has been 56 years since you were taken from us. I hope that your daughter Sandy, grandaughter and other family members have gotten some solace and comfort knowing their grief is felt by all of us who wear and have worn the badge. As long as they remember and tell those following you will stay with us.

New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

August 25, 2023

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