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.


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

Incident Details

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


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Carlton, it's been 34 years and it feels like getting the phone call about your cold and senseless murder happened yesterday. My heart aches everyday for you...I miss you so much. Your two beautiful daughters (one you never met) have grown up to be lovely, sweet spirited, professional woman whom you would be so proud of. Continue to rest in peace my brother...until we meet again.

Your loving sister

Kaye Ware

June 13, 2017

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