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Scotland County deputy killed in line of duty laid to rest

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Funeral services took place Wednesday in the gym at Purnell Swett High School for 24-year-old Scotland County Sheriff Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Eagle Locklear.

Locklear was killed in a car crash last Thursday night while heading to help a fellow deputy involved in a high speed chase on Old Wire Road near the Wagram area of Scotland County, according to Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey.

Trooper B.G. Jones with North Carolina Highway Patrol said when Locklear approached a curve he ran off the road and struck a tree.

He was pronounced dead on scene.

Sheriff Kersey released the following statement:

"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."

N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck.

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