LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville police officer has died after being shot on the job 41 years ago. The widow of detective Bobby Branham talked about the shock of losing her husband last week to a bowel obstruction caused by scar tissue from the wound.
On July 16, 1972 Branham was investigating a suspected brothel known as "Annie’s" on the 300 block of East Oak Street. Reportedly Fort Knox soldiers visiting prostitutes were getting robbed. The then 36-year-old detective was returning from chasing down a theft suspect when a man approached and shot him at nearly point blank range.
Branham spent eight months in the hospital. The detective was never able to return to the field, but he did work as an investigator with the commonwealth attorney's office. He appeared to have recovered from his injuries until May 2013 when he was rushed to the emergency room for stomach pains. On May 14, 2013 he died from a bowel obstruction caused, his widow says, by the scar tissue from the 41 year old bullet wound.
Visitation will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home, 235 Juneau Dr., Middletown, 3-7 p.m. Friday May 24. Immediately following will be a celebration of life at the Mellwood Art Center -- 1860 Mellwood Avenue in Event Room #2. Burial will be private.