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Police Officer James Brian Swart | Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

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James Brian Swart

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Monday, June 26, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 667

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/26/1978

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Officer James Swart was shot and killed by a 15 year old theft suspect in the booking area of the Hyattsville District Station.

Officer Swart was coming to the aid of Officer Claggett who had just been killed with his own revolver. As Officer Swart entered the room, the suspect shot and killed him as well.

The suspect was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Officer Claggett and not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of Officer Swart. The suspect was sentenced to 25 years. He was paroled in 1995.

In 1997, the suspect and his brother robbed a bank in Aberdeen, Maryland. As police officers approached to arrest the pair, the suspect committed suicide.

Officer Swart had served with the agency for five years. He is survived by his parents and brother.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 30, 2012

 

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