Detective Charles Dewane Swanson

Detective Charles Dewane Swanson

Eureka Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 21, 1996

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Charles Dewane Swanson

Detective Charles 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 been recognized as the Officer of the Year award twice during his 22-year career. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

foot pursuit, search warrant, vehicle pursuit

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Det. Swanson,
On today, the 25th anniversary of of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Eureka. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 21, 2021

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