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Mecklenburg County jail officer dies in motorcycle crash in Shelby

Brandon Thomas was 35 years old when he passed away in the off-duty accident.

SHELBY, N.C. — The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one of its detention officers after an off-duty crash in Shelby on Thursday.

The office said 35-year-old Ofc. Brandon Thomas was involved in a motorcycle crash along Mount Sinai Church Road just before 2:40 p.m. The office reports North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Thomas was the only driver involved in the crash and no other cars were involved.

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"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 McFadden in a statement.

Thomas started working at the jail in June 2020 and remained an officer there while he was with the sheriff's office. As of writing, funeral arrangements have not been shared.

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