Investigator Brandon Heath Thacker

Investigator Brandon Heath Thacker

Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, April 16, 1998

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Brandon Heath Thacker

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.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 36

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Guilty of manslaughter


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Dearest Investigator Brandon Heath Thacker,

I am so sorry, though it has been years now, to hear of your tragic ambush. My heart breaks. You were so young and so willing to serve. THANK YOU. My prayers of love and comfort to your wife and son, the Department, community and those who knew and love you. You were deprived and so were we. I pray to meet you someday and that your family can reunite in peace. I want to say thank you to your wife, Kathrine, for all she is doing for your memory and our fallen officers. My daughter is only 23 and is a police officer for City of Davis. We have seen the tragedies first-hand. May HE keep you and guard you until the day we all meet. The offenders will have their day. So very sorry.

Love and Blessings,

Kim Durham
Davis Police Department - Daughter

November 12, 2019

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