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Detective Charles Dewane Swanson | Eureka Police Department, California Eureka Police Department, California


Charles Dewane Swanson

Eureka Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 20, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 22 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

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Detective Swanson suffered a fatal heart attack following a struggle with a suspect. He and his partner were preparing to search a location for a felony case when the suspects showed up at the location and then sped away. The two officers pursued the suspects until the their vehicle crashed and they fled on foot.

Detective Swanson caught up with one of the suspects and arrested him after a violent struggle. He collapsed after placing the suspect in the back of his patrol car. His partner immediately administered CPR and called for assistance. Detective Swanson was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detective Swanson had received the Officer of the Year award twice during his 22-year career. He is survived by his wife and son.

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A great man and police officer as well as a friend to many.

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Fortuna Police Department
December 23, 2014


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