Chief Tousaint Summers of the New Bern Police Department in North Carolina has reported that Officer Alexander E. Thalmann, 22, succumbed to a gunshot wound that he sustained a few days ago.
Officer Thalmann had stopped a suspicious person riding a bicycle near Oak and Elm Streets in the village of New Bern just prior to midnight Friday. Officer Thalmann called for a backup. Officer Justin Wester arrived to assist.
As the officers were talking with the man, he suddenly ran from them on foot. As officers pursued the suspect, he turned around and opened fire striking Officer Thalmann in the face. Officer Wester was also stuck in the leg. Wester returned fire, striking the suspect several times and killing him.
Both officers were transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment. Officer Wester was released the following day. Officer Thalmann remained in the Intensive Care Unit until he died on Monday afternoon.
The suspect was later identified as 35-year-old Bryan Stallings of Old Pollocksville Road in New Bern. Authorities have not yet determined a motive for the shooting. North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is conducting the officer involved shooting investigation.
District Attorney Scott Thomas stated that it is standard procedures for the SBI to investigate all shootings involving law enforcement officers. The formal investigation normally takes about two weeks. Thomas stated that the shooting of Stallings appears to be justified. A final determination will be presented when the investigation is completed.
Thalmann served the New Bern Police Department for 7 months. He was a Marine Corps Reserve Lance Corporal who served two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan.
Officer Thalmann is survived by his parents. Officer Alexander Thalmann – gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, March 31, 2014
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