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Police Officer Frederick Alston Thornton | Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer

Frederick Alston Thornton

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, February 25, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 28 years

Badge # 415

Cause: Explosion

Incident Date: 2/25/2011

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Officer Fred Thornton was killed when a flash-bang device detonated as he handled SWAT equipment.

He had just returned home following a SWAT call out to serve a warrant and was attempting to render his equipment safe when the Def-Tec 25 flash-bang discharged, causing massive injuries. Investigation determined that while at the scene of the SWAT deployment Officer Thornton removed the device's safety pin in preparation for using it. It is believed that he was attempting to reinsert the pin when the device detonated.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Thornton had served with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for 28 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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Three years later, and you are not forgotten, Officer Thornton. You are still an inspiration to all associated with CMPD.

Tom
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February 25, 2014

 

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