Police Officer Harvey R. Young

Police Officer Harvey R. Young

Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, August 25, 1967

Harvey R. Young

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 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 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

Most Recent Reflection

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Dad- there isn't a day that doesn't go by that I don't think about that horiffic night. Every part ,from begining to end runs through my mind and I brake down and end up crying myself to sleep. Just as if I were 11 years old,again. I'm almost 59 yrs.old. Your B.D. is Jan.1 and then on the 3rd. is mine. You were a New Year's baby.
I wish someone could know how painful life has been for me and well,for mom-she just always wanted to die. finally she did. I hope she is with you. I cant speak for the other kids because they were older but I am sure it affected them some how. I know it did Frank,terribly. We became so lost without you. You were the true meaning of a Father! A friend! You were each of our anchors.After that night-, we just floated where ever each wave would take us.Life ceased to exist for me. Something inside of me truely died. My faith in Jesus hyas kept me going and I know ,someday-,I will see you,again.xo

sandy Young

December 21, 2014

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