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New Hero Search Frederick Alston Thornton - Feb. 25, 2011 (27598)

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. Patch
Resided: NC, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Feb. 25, 2011
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 50 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. - NC
601 E Trade St  
Charlotte, NC   28202   USA
(704)336-3190
County: Mecklenburg
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Explosion
Weapon Class: Explosive
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 415
On The Job: 28 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: NC   USA   Fri. Feb. 25, 2011
Summary: Officer Fred Thornton was killed when a flash-bang device detonated as he handled SWAT equipment.

He had just returned home following a SWAT call out to serve a warrant and was attempting to render his equipment safe when the Def-Tec 25 flash-bang discharged, causing massive injuries. Investigation determined that while at the scene of the SWAT deployment Officer Thornton removed the device's safety pin in preparation for using it. It is believed that he was attempting to reinsert the pin when the device detonated.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Thornton had served with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for 28 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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