Distraction Devices: How They Work & Why They Are Used
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Officer Fred Thornton was a dedicated member of law enforcement. He served 28 years at CMPD; 23 years on the department's SWAT team. He was also a husband and father to four children.
On Friday, Thornton had just returned to his home in Mint Hill after successfully serving a warrant. He was securing his equipment, including a distraction device, when it exploded. He was rushed to the hospital. Chief Rodney Monroe, at a news conference that evening, said "They were not able to save his life, so, all of our hearts are heavy."
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