Shelby, NC – Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Detention Officer Brandon Thomas died in an off-duty motorcycle crash on Sept. 15.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCHP) said the 35-year-old detention officer was riding his motorcycle down Mount Sinai Church Road when the single-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 2:40 p.m., WCNC reported.
Detention Officer Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene, WBTV reported.
Details regarding how the circumstances of the fatal collision were not immediately released.
The MCSO announced his death later in the day.
“Today our hearts are heavy as we mourn Detention Officer Brandon Thomas, who passed away earlier today while off-duty,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. “Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Detention Officer Thomas served the MCSO for more than two years, WCNC reported.
“MCSO is deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Thomas; our hearts, prayers and condolences go out to his family,” Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden told WBTV. “This came as quite a shock to our organization, and we are deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden death one of our own.”
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Detention Officer Thomas attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP), where he was a member of the college basketball team, WBTV reported.
“All of #BraveNation is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our own,” UNCP Athletics said in a statement to WBTV. “Brandon had a personality that could light up a room, and his work ethic set the standard that the UNCP basketball program still prides itself on today.”
“You would be extremely hard-pressed to find a better all-around person, and Brandon will be sorely missed by everyone that had the opportunity to know him,” the statement read. “Our deepest condolences go out to the Thomas family, as well as his friends, teammates, coaches and coworkers at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.”
Detention Officer Thomas leaves behind his girlfriend and his two children, WBTV reported.
Today our hearts are heavy as we mourn Detention Officer Brandon Thomas, who passed away earlier today while off-duty.
Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/ifp5jNMMIh
— Meck Sheriff (@MeckSheriff) September 15, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Brandon Thomas, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.