Detective Charles Dewane Swanson

Detective Charles Dewane Swanson

Eureka Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 21, 1996

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

Most Recent Reflection

View all 12 Reflections

Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 20, 2017

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.