Funeral arrangements are set for CMPD Officer Fred Thornton who died Friday night. Thornton had just got back home in Mint Hill from serving a warrant and was conducting safety checks on his equipment when a flash-bang device exploded. Thornton leaves behind a wife and four children. He was a 28-year veteran of the police department.
Thornton’s visitation is from 6 pm to 9 pm Monday night at First Baptist Church in Charlotte. His funeral is Tuesday at 11 am at the church. Fox News Charlotte talks to a member of the Gaston County SWAT team about the distraction device that killed Thornton: