UPDATE: Reward in slain sheriff’s deputy’s case now at $80,000

UPDATE POSTED 7 A.M. AUG. 26, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The reward is now up to $80,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the ambush shooting death earlier this month of Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy Brandon Shirley.

The latest contribution is $5,000 from the Elizabethtown Police Foundation.

Anyone with information should call the FBI at 502-263-6000, ATF at 888-283-8477, or Louisville Police at 502-574-5673 or email atftips@atf.gov.

UPDATE POSTED 9 P.M. AUG. 11, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed in Kentucky while working an off-duty security job was laid to rest Wednesday.

Brandon Shirley, 26, was a model officer who was “one of our brightest rays of hope,” Jefferson County Sheriff John Aubrey said of his deputy.

Shirley, who became a deputy in 2019, was killed Aug. 5 in his personal vehicle at a used car lot. No arrests have been made, but a reward for information in the case has grown to $75,000.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields said she had a “feeling of confidence that he was targeted, and that he was ambushed.”

Shirley’s father spoke on stage surrounded by Shirley’s three brothers, news outlets reported. “He was truly an amazing person,” Brian Shirley said. He described his son as someone who loved everyone and everyone loved.

More than 100 police cars escorted the hearse to the cemetery, which was filled with officers in uniform. A horse-drawn hearse carried the coffin as bagpipes and drums played.

UPDATE: (8/10/21 4 A.M.) – The FBI and ATF are now offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy.

According to Louisville Police, 26-year-old Brandon Shirley was ambushed and shot last Thursday morning while working a security job off-duty. He later died at the hospital.

Louisville’s Police Chief Erika Shields said they don’t believe this was a random act and that Shirley was targeted.

Anyone with information on Shirley’s death can submit a tip by calling the FBI at (502) 263-6000, ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS or LMPD at (502) 574-5673. You can also submit a tip online with the FBI HERE or with the ATF HERE.

Source: FBI Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ/WHAS) — A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy is dead after police say he was ambushed in Shively.

Sheriff John Aubrey said 26-year-old Deputy Brandon Shirley was working an off-duty security job at Rockford Lane Auto Sales at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday when someone shot him. Shirley was taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where he later died.

Louisville police are leading the investigation into Shirley’s death.

LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit canvassed the neighborhood Thursday morning, and spokesperson Alicia Smiley said K9 and air units are helping the investigation.

LMPD Chief Erika Shields said police know Shirley was targeted and ambushed.

“If someone is really determined to kill you, they’re going to kill you, and that was the case here,” Shields said.

Shields said LMPD does have persons of interest, but did not give any additional details.

Shirley joined the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in March 2019.

Aubrey said Shirley received a medal of valor for his work during protests in 2020, specifically his work responding to the shooting of photographer Tyler Gerth and helping arrest the person who shot him.

“Brandon was a hard-working, proactive deputy, really dedicated to his duties,” Major George Grissom said. “Everybody liked him…he was a good person, a good person to be around.”

Officers have taped off Rockford Lane at Dover Road where Rockford Lane Auto Sales is located.

Shields said LMPD will work to arrest those responsible for Shirley’s death.

“We will make an arrest,” Shields said. “Grieving comes later. We have a job to do.”

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