Officer Samuel Smyth Young

Officer Samuel Smyth Young

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, September 23, 1908

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Samuel Smyth Young

Officer Samuel Young was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who was robbing a local saloon at the corner of SE 19th Avenue and SE Umatilla Avenue.

He was making his rounds when he entered the saloon to speak with the owner. While inside, a masked man entered and announced a robbery. Officer Young attempted to talk the man into going outside but the man opened fire, fatally wounding him in the chest.

His killer was never apprehended.

Officer Young had served with the Portland Police Bureau for 25 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never apprehended


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Officer Young,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Portland. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 23, 2018

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