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Police Officer Albert Marshal Claggett, IV | Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

Albert Marshal Claggett, IV

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Monday, June 26, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 546

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Police Officer Albert Claggett was shot and killed with his own revolver by a 15-year-old theft suspect while in the booking area of the Hyattsville District Station.

When Police Officer Brian Swart entered the room to assist Officer Claggett, the suspect 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 Claggett had served with the agency for six years and was survived by his wife, two sons, parents, and two sisters.

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Police Officer James Brian Swart
Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Monday, June 26, 1978
Cause: Gunfire

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Rusty; You were and still are one the best friends I ever had it was an honor to know you and your family I think of you often and remember most your great sense of humor and your especially your friendship..rest in peace. we will see each other again.. your friend always. Mike

Cpl. Michael Hunter
P.G.Co. Police (Retired)
January 31, 2017

 

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