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

CHARLOTTE — 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.

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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