Two men are charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Shirley.
Jesse Johnson, 28, and Marquis Mitchell, 18, were indicted on murder charges by a grand jury for Shirley’s death, according to Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Erika Shields, during a joint news conference with Mayor Greg Fischer and other law enforcement officials on Thursday. Jefferson Circuit Court documents show both men are charged with complicity to murder with $500,000 bonds.
Shirley was 26 when he was shot on August 5 while working an off-duty security job at the Rockford Lane Auto Sales dealership in his unmarked car around 2:30 a.m. The deputy later died at the hospital.
Johnson is being held in the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and Mitchell is in custody at Floyd County Corrections.
Shields mentioned that Mitchell was caught by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday in Floyd County, Indiana, with the help of the New Albany Police Department and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation is being handled by the LMPD Public Integrity Unit and Homicide Unit, with the help of the Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms Louisville Field Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
The two suspects are scheduled to appear in court on January 18.
Shirley joined the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on March 15, 2019, where he worked worked security at the Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice. Before becoming a sheriff’s deputy, Shirley served two years as an EMT with Louisville Metro Emergency Services.