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Special Deputy James Ireland Thacker | Pike County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Pike County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Special Deputy

James Ireland Thacker

Pike County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, January 23, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 71

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 1/23/2012

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Charged with murder

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Special Deputy James Thacker was killed in an automobile accident on U.S. 460, just past Marrowbone Creek Road, at approximately 9:00 pm.

He was en route to Elkhorn City to serve civil papers towards the end of his shift when a speeding SUV crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on. The SUV then collided with another vehicle. Deputy Thacker succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash was charged with murder.

Deputy Thacker had served with the Pike County Sheriff's Department for one year and had previously served as an elected county constable for four years.

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Dear Deputy Thacker
It is with great honor and pride that I will be riding for you in the police unity tour in Washington DC during national police week. Although I did not know you, you are my brother and I will honor you by training hard and riding hard. Thank you for your service.

Detective Jason O'Briant
Lancaster Texas PD
February 20, 2013


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