Off-duty detention officer dies in motorcycle crash, Mecklenburg County sheriff says

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A 35-year-old detention officer with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office died in a motorcycle crash Thursday in Shelby, officials said.

Brandon Thomas was not on duty at the time of the wreck, the sheriff’s office said.

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The crash, which only involved Thomas’ motorcycle, happened on Mount Sinai Church in Shelby, the Highway Patrol said. Thomas was pronounced deceased at 2:39 p.m.

Thomas had been employed with MCSO as a detention officer since June 3, 2020.

“MCSO is deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Thomas. Our hearts, prayers and condolences go out to his family. This came as quite a shock to our organization, and we are deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden death one of our own,” said Sheriff Garry L. McFadden.

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