Deputy Sheriff James Michael Young

Deputy Sheriff James Michael Young

Coconino County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, May 25, 1983

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James Michael Young

Deputy Sheriff Mike Young was shot and killed while he and two other officers served an arrest warrant in Fredonia, Arizona.

The officers entered the home and proceeded down a hallway when the suspect came out of a room and exchanged shots with the officers. Twelve shots were fired; Deputy Young was shot four times, and he returned fire and was able to hit the suspect four times. Another deputy was wounded but survived. Both Deputy Young and the suspect died at the scene.

Deputy Young had previously served with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, the Coolidge (Arizona) Police Department, and the Yavapai County (Arizona) Sheriff's Department. The fire department in Black Canyon City, Arizona, was named The Mike Young Memorial Fire Department after Deputy Young was killed.

Deputy Young had served with the Coconino County Sheriff's Department for over a year and previously served four years with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Department and three years with the Coolidge Police Department. He was survived by his wife, two daughters from a previous marriage, his father, sister, and four brothers.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 8 years, 5 months
  • Badge 129

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

convicted felon, probation violation, warrant

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You were only 39 years old when you were killed.
I am in disbelief that you have been gone for 39 years now. :’-(
A week ago, I was watching (and listening to) Freddie Mercury sing “Another One Bites The Dust” and I burst into tears and sobbed for what seemed like hours. My how you loved rock and roll. I grew up with old time country and heard rock for the first time with you.
I am so happy I met you….but I miss you so. I love you.

Widow to Mike

May 24, 2022

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