NC deputy killed in crash en route to assist in pursuit
Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Eagle Locklear, 24, was killed in a crash while en route to help another officer involved in a high-speed pursuit
Duty Death: Alexis Eagle Locklear - [Scotland County, North Carolina]
End of Service: 03/01/2018
By Police1 Staff
SCOTLAND COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina deputy was killed in a crash while en route to help another officer involved in a high-speed pursuit.
Scotland County Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Eagle Locklear, 24, was responding to help another officer actively pursuing a suspect Thursday when the crash occurred, according to WBTW. Lockler’s car was the only vehicle involved in the crash.
"This is an incredibly sad day for the Scotland County Sheriff's Office, and for the community we love and serve and for the law enforcement community as a whole," Sheriff Ralph Kersey said. “It did not take a long bit of time spending with Thunder to know that he would fit right in with this family. He was just more than an employee he was family.”
Condolences to the family, friends & colleagues of Scotland County NC Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Eagle Locklear, killed in an on-duty car crash while responding to assist his partner. #NeverForget #RIP pic.twitter.com/bKQUNKJPnl— Knoxville Police TN (@Knoxville_PD) March 3, 2018
Trooper B.G. Jones said when Locklear approached a curb, he ran off the road and struck a tree, WWAY-TV reports. The deputy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kersey said Locklear had served with the department since May 16, 2017. The sheriff said he didn’t know how fast Locklear was going at the time of the crash.
Kersey said Locklear’s patrol car number 143 will be retired.