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Patrolman Mark Allen Swaney | Davidson Police Department, North Carolina Davidson Police Department, North Carolina


Mark Allen Swaney

Davidson Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, December 25, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 7 years

Badge # C-421

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed by officers

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Officer Mark Swaney was shot and killed on Christmas day after he and another officer responded to a man with gun call. Upon arriving at the scene, about two miles from Davidson College, the officers were informed that the suspect had left the scene.

Another unit arrived at the scene, allowing Officer Swaney and his sergeant to look for the suspect. They located the suspect and began to question him as a group of people gathered around them. One of the bystanders grabbed Officer Swaney's arm as the suspect pulled out a gun and shot both officers. The suspect was shot by return gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Swaney was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour after the incident.

Officer Swaney had served with the agency for 2 years and had previously served with another agency for 5 years.

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Mark I made it. I retired from CDIA in 2003 and I wish you could have been there in person. How I found myself here on your page today was a video of an officer struggling with a suspect and people in the crowd were pulling on the officer. No shots were fired and the suspect ran with the officer in foot pursuit. The public has gotten worse in the area of respect and the command staff has gotten even worse.

Retired Jr Merwin
CDIA Police
June 9, 2016


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