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Former LPD detective dies of injuries from 1972 shooting

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Former Louisville Police Dept. Det. Bobby Branham, who died May 14, 2013 of complications from gunshot injuries he suffered in 1972.  Photo courtesy Supporting Heroes. Former Louisville Police Dept. Det. Bobby Branham, who died May 14, 2013 of complications from gunshot injuries he suffered in 1972. Photo courtesy Supporting Heroes.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB) -- A former Louisville Police Department detective shot and seriously wounded in 1972 has died of complications from his injuries.

The law enforcement support group Supporting Heroes announced Det. Bobby Branham's death Tuesday night.  Branham, 76, died on May 14 in Eugene, Oregon.

Branham nearly died from his injuries after the shooting on July 16, 1972.  His obituary and the Supporting Heroes website say Branham "was medically retired" in 1973, after spending eight months in the hospital and enduring numerous surgeries.

An Associated Press story published the week after the shooting said that Branham was "shot by a man who approached him after he had apprehended another man."  Then-Louisville police chief Edgar Paul and then-FOP president Tom Denton had speculated news coverage of Branham and another officer working a "peace rally" in street clothes "might have" had something to do with his shooting, the story said.  Denton accused local newspapers and a TV station of breaking their cover at the rally, though he and Paul had no hard evidence the incidents were connected.

Branham was honored as Louisville Police Officer of the Year in 1969 and received the Mayor's Award in 1973.  He later worked as a regional security director for Stewart's and L.S. Ayres department stores and worked as chief of detectives for the Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney's office.

Branham worked as a Louisville firefighter before he became a police officer.

www.supportingheroes.org features a brief biography and links to Branham's extended obituary.

Visitation for Bobby Branham is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Friday at Newcomer Funeral Home, 235 Juneau Drive in Middletown.  An FOP service will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at Mellwood Arts Center, event room 2.

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