In Memoriam

Crime in Colorado

Detective Donald R. Young

Killed in the Line of Duty

May 8, 2005

Courage knows no limits. It is not bound by a person’s age or sex or race. Courage is a spirit that is at home in the hearts of brave men and women everywhere.

This publication is dedicated to all the brave men and women who serve our society at the risk of making the supreme sacrifice.

On May 8, 2005 at 1:00 a.m., officers responded to 1733 W. Mississippi on an officer down call where two officers were working in full uniform in an off duty capacity. Shortly before 1:00 a.m. the two officers had asked an unknown male to leave the premises. A short time later the suspect returned and approached the officers from behind, as their attention was diverted to the crowd leaving the event. The suspect fired at one of the officers striking him in the back, and then turned and fired at the second officer. Neither officer had time to return fire. Both officers were transported to Denver Health Medical Center. Detective Donald R. Young was pronounced dead at 1:33 a.m. Both officers were wearing bullet proof vests.

Detective Young graduated from the police academy in December of 1993. During Detective Young's career he had been assigned to Denver District 4, the Vice/Narcotics Unit, the Domestic Violence Unit, and was assigned to Fugitive/Bomb Unit at the time of his death. Detective Young was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross Award, 10 Official Commendations, and 2 Commendatory Letters. Detective Young was very athletic; he boxed, played competitive softball and was an avid motorcycle rider. He adored his children and family, and loved every moment he spent with them.



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