Police Officer Carlton X. Fletcher

Police Officer Carlton X. Fletcher

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Sunday, June 12, 1983

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Carlton X. Fletcher

Police Officer Carlton Fletcher was shot and killed after being ambushed by an armed robbery suspect while working off-duty security at a local convenience store on the 8700 block of Greenbelt Road in Lanham, Maryland.

The suspect also murdered the store's manager.

Although the suspect was initially sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the murder a judge reduced the sentence to 25 years and the man was paroled in 2000. Neither the family of Officer Fletcher nor his agency were notified of the suspect's release beforehand. In 2002 the suspect petitioned the court to have his name legally changed.

Officer Fletcher was a US Air Force veteran and had served with the Prince George's County Police Department for seven years.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 857
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released after 16 years

ambush

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While this website is designed to honor the amazing men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and well being of others, sometimes you cannot help but to ask why. Perhaps why the suspect was granted parole after a reduced sentence is a conversation for another time and certainly a different place, as here we say thank you Officer Fletcher. Thank you for your service, your heroism and your sacrifice and always know that you will never be forgotten and you will always be honored sir.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 12, 2020

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