Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Let Us Remember Fallen Officer Carlton X. Fletcher

Officer Carlton X. Fletcher

  Let us pause to remember our Fallen Hero, Officer Carlton X. Fletcher, lost this day in 1983 as a result of injuries sustained during an unprovoked ambush in David Sector.

        Ofc. Fletcher was born on April 11, 1951 in Prince George's County, Maryland.  He served with honor and distinction in the United States Air National Guard, reaching the rank of staff sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1975.  Ofc. Fletcher joined the Prince George's County Police Department on July 18, 1976 and, upon completion of his Academy training, was assigned to the Hyattsville District Station.  Four years later, Ofc. Fletcher was transferred to the new Beltsville District Station.

       On the evening of June 11, 1983 Ofc. Fletcher was sitting in his marked police vehicle in the parking lot of a convenience store in the 8700 Blk. Greenbelt Rd. Lanham, MD. waiting to escort the store's manager on a night deposit as part of a secondary employment assignment.  Two subjects approached and, without warning, fired a shotgun into the police vehicle, severely wounding Ofc. Fletcher.  He was rushed to Prince George's Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries shortly after midnight on the morning of June 12, 1983.

       Ofc. Fletcher served the Prince George's County Police Department for seven years and was the 14th member of this Agency to make the Ultimate Sacrifice.  He was the 22nd law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George's County, Maryland.

       At the time of his death, Officer Carlton X. Fletcher was 32 years old and survived by his expectant wife and three year old daughter.

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