Baytown police officers are mourning the death of one of their own after the unexpected loss of Detective Bryan Thompson early Thursday morning.

Police spokesman Lt. Steve Dorris said the death was not duty-related, but said he did not yet know the cause of death. He also said funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

A post on the department’s Facebook page said Thompson was 53 years old and would have marked his 30th anniversary with the department in December.

“It’s kind of a shock to all of us,” Dorris said. “He served the community well and was very well known and respected within the department, not only as an officer and a detective but just as a man.”

Dorris said that Thompson has served more than 10 years as an internal affairs investigator. Before that, he was a detective investigating forgeries and frauds.

While internal affairs officers are often not popular with rank-and-file officers across police culture in general, Dorris said that was not the case with Thompson.

“He was just a very laid-back and easygoing person. He didn’t get worked up about a whole lot.”

“He was truly a friend and a brother and all that. He will be very, very deeply missed.”

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