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Police Officer Alexander E. Thalmann | New Bern Police Department, North Carolina New Bern Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer

Alexander E. Thalmann

New Bern Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, March 31, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 7 months

Badge # 190

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/28/2014

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Alexander Thalmann succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier while conducting a subject stop near the intersection of Oak Street and Elm Street at approximately 11:45 pm.

He was speaking to the man, who had been riding a bicycle, and called for backup. As he continued to speak with the subject the man suddenly fled on foot and then opened fire, striking Officer Thalmann in the face and a second officer in the leg. Other officers were able to return fire and killed the subject.

Both officers were transported to a local hospital, where Officer Thalmann remained until passing away on March 31st, 2014.

Officer Thalmann was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He had only served with the New Bern Police Department for seven months.

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If the saying "time heals all wounds" holds true I'm guessing I'll need some more time. It's been a year now but somehow your name or a memory of you manages to come up every single day. When I hear your name being used in conversation I have to pause. It's even worse when I hear the beginning numbers "one ninety" from one of the new guys on the radio. I know in my head it isn't right but for a split second I think it's you and at this point I'm thinking that won't ever go away.

One moment it feels like that night was a decade ago and the next it's like it just happened. It still doesn't make sense. It still hurts. I still can't believe you're gone and I think about it all the time. Attempts at putting everything from that night in to chronological order end with a jumbled mess of memories I wish I didn't have. Home life and work have collectively changed. Simple things and otherwise. I can remember being younger and enjoying the peace of a rainy day but now every time it rains I beg for it to stop. It reminds me of that first drive to Vidant the night it happened. I've gotten two middle-of-the-night phone calls from work since we lost you and both times I panicked as the phone rang.

The shift has 4 new faces now and a few more from our team have been moved elsewhere. Night shift is nothing like it was. It takes all four rookies to initiate the amount of stuff you did. I laugh when I hear them say they had a "busy" night thinking they "don't even know".

Your number has been retired and rightfully so. A memorial was moved to the station and your name is etched in to the stone that is proudly on display at the front of the PD. A lot of us visit it from time to time. A challenge coin was made in your memory and given to the people who tried to help you (and all of us) that night. A decal was made with your call number on it and there isn't a vehicle that I drive that doesn't get one. The support from other agencies continues as a lot of county cars have the decal too. The policy was finally changed that makes it easier to do what you and I talked about on Pavie. And some of us have tattoos that are in the works.

I'm keeping my word. Nobody coming on hasn't heard about you. Those that never got to meet you have heard the stories. The ride-alongs hear it and the new guys hear it.

In a little over a month your name is making it on to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in Washington D.C. We'll be there. In uniform. Gloves on and boots shined. We'll be saluting you knowing that you're saluting us back. We're still strong for you brother. Even when it feels like we can't be. Love you man.

MPOI Nicholas Rhodes
New Bern Police Department
March 26, 2015

 

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