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N.C. SWAT Officer Killed While Re-Inserting Flash-Bang Pin

March 17, 2011  | 

Charlotte-Mecklenberg PD's Fred Thornton. Photo: CMPD.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police SWAT veteran Fred Thornton died after incorrectly attempting to re-insert the pin into a flash-bang device when it exploded, reports the Charlotte Observer.

In a statement released late Wednesday, the department said "there are no reasons to believe or evidence to suggest the device safety features failed or that a malfunction caused the device to be activated."

Officer Fred Thornton, a 23-year veteran and father of four, died as a result of injuries from the Feb. 25 incident. Officer Thornton, the agency's longest tenured SWAT officer, was at home attempting to secure his gear at the time.

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Fed @ 3/17/2011 1:50 PM

Are investigators sure of the findings?

Two incidents with similar reports.

"The Alice PD's Richard DeLeon was in critical condition Tuesday. The flash-bang grenade exploded while he was loading tactical gear into his squad car."

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