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 James "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 was survived by his wife, two daughters from a previous marriage, his father, sister, and four brothers.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 129

Incident Details

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


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Found this page again for the first time in a long while as one of Mike’s classmates from Bladensburg High School asked about him. I sent this link to her. I left a reflection before not knowing there were so many others who left their own testimonies and memories. Reading them made a surge of missing you swell within me. Hopefully no one asks me what I am writing as I am sure the emotions would blossom in my chest and pour out of my eyes with tears.

I think about all the years stolen from us Mike, where we could have shared our lives, our kids, our loves after our careers had run their course. I hope I have lived my life in such a way that you would be proud of me. I miss you and love you. And I have to remind you that I have never held you responsible for our accident. It was a huge significant event in our lives that we shared and I do not know a different life without it.

Colonel USMC (Ret.)

January 27, 2019

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