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Details Emerge In Explosion That Took SWAT Officer's Life

Details Emerge In Explosion That Took SWAT Officer's Life

The Daily Mail via YellowBrix

February 28, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC – A SWAT officer has died after he was checking a stun grenade in his home when it went off.

Officer Fred Thornton was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery but doctors were unable to save him.

The 50-year-old veteran, who was the longest serving SWAT officer on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg force in North Carolina and had previously helped in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was just months away from becoming eligible for retirement.

As his body was taken from Carolinas Medical Center officers stood to attention and saluted their colleague, a policeman of 28 years and 23 years on the SWAT team.

The married father of four had returned home from serving a search warrant with his SWAT team late on Friday afternoon and was checking over his weapons, including the stun grenade.

It is then thought to have gone off in his hand, causing massive internal bleeding and was so loud neighbours could hear the blast.

Paramedics were called and the well-liked officer was rushed to hospital to undergo emergency surgery.

According to reports, senior colleagues were at a retirement dinner when they heard the news and promptly left to offer their support.

But despite doctors efforts his blood loss was too great and he later died.

As news of his death spread, dozens of police patrol cars formed a procession with their lights and sirens on in respect.

Police Chief Rodney Monroe said through tears: ‘This is a sad day. It is just one more example of the work we expect from our people and the risk that they’re involved in every day and the risks that all too often costs our members their lives.’

He added that all SWAT officers are issued with the stun grenades, which create a ‘flash-bang’.

They are considered non-lethal weapons, but can cause injuries if held when they explode – similar to a firework.

In 2006, he was among four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department SWAT officers deployed to the Gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina.

He spent seven weeks in Waveland, Mississippi, providing help with security, transportation and labour for medical teams.


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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11226 Comments

    Rest in peace, Officer Thornton.

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    parole09

    over 3 years ago

    622 Comments

    RIP, your job here, is done....

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    PaulGreen

    over 3 years ago

    482 Comments

    RIP Officer Thornton.

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    GrayPanther

    over 3 years ago

    1272 Comments

    RIP Officer Thornton. You are a credit to your department and will be sorely missed.

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    BrantMarshall

    over 3 years ago

    96 Comments

    I attended the visitation this evening, It was a life changing event, and I will be attending the funeral tomorrow morning, RIP, Officer Thornton..

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    RAIDER05

    over 3 years ago

    90 Comments

    RIP

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    esu

    over 3 years ago

    498 Comments

    I sent a nasty email to the website jerseyaaa posted, we should all do the same!

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    RIPB Prayers to your family and friends.

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    bwh406

    over 3 years ago

    206 Comments

    Rest in Peace. Prayers to the family.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    43952 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Thornton. My prayers and sympathies for his family, CMPD family, and friends.

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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Prayers and thoughts to the family and friends of this veteran warrior. He will be sorely missed in our war against crime.

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    kaalima

    over 3 years ago

    1748 Comments

    Rest In Peace, brother. I pray for God's peace on the family, friends, and all his fellow officers.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    51112 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Thornton. Thank you for your service.

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    SULLYMAN

    over 3 years ago

    492 Comments

    Rest in peace brother

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    usarmy87

    over 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    jerseyaaa i dont think u would like it if someone put that on your loved one new report so dont do it to other and swat officer Fred Thornton rip u did your contry and the city of charlotte a great service and ur an american hero u will not be foggotion

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