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N.C. Detective Dies Three Years After Training Incident

A retired detective with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office died on Dec. 28, more than three years after he was injured while training as a member of the agency's mounted patrol.

Detective Randall "Shane" Thomas, 47, was training at Horse Shoe Farm on Banner Farm Road in May 2009 when the horse he was riding reared and fell on top of him, according to The Times-News.

The 19-year veteran was paralyzed after sustaining a spinal cord injury in the incident and succumbed to his injuries at Park Ridge Hospital after years of battling off infections.

"He was very articulate and he was one of those guys that never met a stranger," Deputy Geoff Bishop told the newspaper. "Just the way he was, you'd go to a house and he'd get them to believe he was a friend, and they'd just give up whatever they had that was illegal."

He is survived by his wife, Anita Thomas, and their two daughters and two sons.

Thomas was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Dec. 31.