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Investigator Brandon Heath Thacker | Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kentucky Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kentucky


Brandon Heath Thacker

Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kentucky

End of Watch: Thursday, April 16, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 36

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Guilty of manslaughter

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Investigator Brandon Thacker was shot and killed as he was driving to an undercover assignment with three other agents on the Western Kentucky Parkway near Eddyville.

All of the agents were in a caravan of separate vehicles, with Investigator Thacker in the last vehicle. He radioed to the other agents that a vehicle was driving erratically, then moments later radioed that he had been shot.

The agent in front of him looked in her rear view mirror and saw his vehicle swerve and then turned around to help him. The other two agents chased the vehicle which was driving erratically and arrested the driver. The suspect was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter.

Investigator Thacker had served with the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for four years. He is survived by his wife, 18-month-old daughter, parents, and two brothers.

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Brandon was a wonderful person to know. I was blessed to have worked with him in the Louisville branch office of ABC. I will always remember our talks, whether it be about cooking, or race. He was comfortable with whatever conversation that day brought. He was a special young man who loved talking about his family. I will always be thankful for having had the opportunity to work with Brandon-his stories are now memories.

Joyce Ware Travis
Retired Co-worker, KY Dept. ABC
April 17, 2014


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