Patrolman Mark Allen Swaney

Patrolman Mark Allen Swaney

Davidson Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 1997

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Mark Allen Swaney

Officer Mark Swaney was shot and killed on Christmas day after he and another officer responded to a man with a 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 questioning 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 Davidson Police Department for 2 years and had previously served with another agency for 5 years.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge C-421

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed by officers

weapons violation

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


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December 25, 2022

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