Detective Donald Ray Young
Denver, Colorado Police Department
End of Watch: Sunday, May 8, 2005
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: 93021
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, May 8, 2005
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Detective Donald Young was shot and killed at a rental hall on West Mississippi Street.
He and another officer were in uniform, working an off duty job at a private celebration, when a man approached both officers from behind and opened fire on them in an unprovoked attack. The shooting occurred at approximately 0100 hours as patrons were leaving as the event ended. Detective Young was killed and the second officer was wounded.
The suspect fled the scene, but was captured on June 5th, 2005, in Culiacan on the western coast of Mexico. U.S. Marshals and Mexican authorities located and arrested him without incident.
Detective Young had served with the Denver Police Department for 12 years, and was assigned to the Fugitive / Bomb Unit. He is survived by his wife, two young daughters, and a son.
On May 8, 2005, Detectives Donald Young and Jack Bishop were working off-duty and in uniform at a baptismal celebration. The evening had been fairly quiet except for one uninvited male who had to be escorted by the officers out of the hall where the party was taking place. Although scheduled to leave at midnight the officers were asked by the hall manager to stay an additional hour to help insure an orderly conclusion to the event. At approximately 1:00 a.m., the officers were at the front entrance of the hall observing the crowd inside. A suspect, later identified as Raul Gomez-Garcia, approached the officers from behind and fired a barrage of shots. Detective Bishop was hit in the back but the round was slowed by his body armor. Detective Young was fatally wounded, shot twice in the back and once in the head. Although painfully wounded, Detective Bishop attempted to pursue the fleeing suspect but was unable to locate him outside the hall. The suspect was later arrested in Mexico where he had fled to hide.
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