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

Police Officer

Alexander Thalmann

New Bern Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, March 31, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 7 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/28/2014

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: 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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All line of duty deaths deeply impact the entire law enforcement community, but it always hits me a little harder when a man as young as myself makes the ultimate sacrifice. Alex, you define the word 'hero' and you have changed the world for the better with your service. Your mother and girlfriend have every reason to be proud of you, brother. I pray for peace and comfort for both your family, and your police family at NBPD. You will never be forgotten.

"Wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion."

Patrolman William Borst
Slatington Borough Police Department
July 31, 2014

 

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