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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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    Magee88

    over 3 years ago

    2688 Comments

    jerseyaaa, that is pretty disrespectful!!!

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    MidnightMike

    over 3 years ago

    470 Comments

    My condolences to his family, friends, and the Charlotte-Mecklenberg PD.

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    Djfludd

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

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    2386

    over 3 years ago

    250 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace, Brother. God Bless!

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    Katz

    over 3 years ago

    8260 Comments

    Very sad. God bless his family and friends. Such a tragedy, to face danger every day and lose your life this way. RIP Officer Thornton. You gave your all and will be missed greatly.

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    captainbud

    over 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    May you rest in peace, my brother. May God comfort and bless your family and friends.

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    JessLnC89

    over 3 years ago

    390 Comments

    RIP Officer Thornton

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Officer Thornton. Our prayers are for your family, friends, department and all SWAT memebers as they pass thru this time of grief.

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    tmsease

    over 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Thornton

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    1128mpboy

    over 3 years ago

    36 Comments

    May you flourish in our fathers kingdom GOD bless the family.

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    Inxorte

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Brother.

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    Sheepdog1

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    ksphatcop

    over 3 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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