Sheriff Ralph Kersey, of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department in North Carolina, sadly reports the death of Deputy Alexis Locklear.

Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Eagle Locklear, 24, was killed in a single vehicle crash while he was responding to assist another officer who was involved in a pursuit. Locklear’s patrol vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway while he was driving. The vehicle left the road and struck a tree. The deputy sustained critical injuries in the crash and died at the scene of the crash.

Troopers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol and their Crash Reconstruction Team are investigating the collision.

“He was responding to assist those who are a part of his law enforcement family. Something we all take very seriously,” Sheriff Kersey said. “Please keep the family, friends and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office in your prayers.”

Moreover, in a Facebook post, Kersey described Locklear as a brother who will always be remembered.

Here is the full post:

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Eagle Locklear, (#143), was tragically killed while responding to assist another officer who was actively pursuing a suspect in a vehicle chase. Deputy Locklear was involved in a single vehicle accident while traveling down Old Wire Road near Arch Mclean Road in Wagram, North Carolina.

Deputy Locklear was twenty four years old at the time of his death. Deputy Locklear became a full time sworn deputy with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office on May 16, 2017. He was assigned to the Patrol Division, Shift C. He graduated from Robeson Community College Basic Law Enforcement Training on May 4, 2017, in Lumberton, North Carolina.

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.

Deputy Locklear was loved, honored and respected. He brought great joy and pleasure in our hearts and spirits in our time of having him as a brother in this family we like to call home, here at the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Locklear will forever be in our hearts and minds. His memory will continue to live on as we continue the good fight that the Lord has called us to.

Please keep the family, friends and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office in your prayers

Funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as the information is available.

End of Watch (EOW), Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Locklear, March 1, 2018 at 1920 hours. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God”- Matthew 5:9

Fellow officers at Pembroke Police Department shared their condolences.

Alexis Locklear served the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department for nine months. He was assigned to the Patrol Division, Shift C. A four-year-old child survives him.

Deputy Sheriff Alexis Locklear is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Alexis Locklear

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)