Police Officer Alexander Thalmann
New Bern Police Department, North Carolina
End of Watch: Monday, March 31, 2014
Tour of Duty: 7 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 28, 2014
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Toussaint E. Summers, Jr.
New Bern Police Department
601 George Street
New Bern, NC 28560
Phone: (252) 672-4100
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 members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He had only served with the New Bern Police Department for seven months.
A New Bern police officer who was shot Friday night has died.
22-year-old Officer Alexander Thalmann has died, according to the Pitt County Medical Examiner’s Office. The officer was shot Friday night at Craven Terrace in New Bern.
Police Chief Toussaint Summers Jr. held a press conference Monday afternoon in Greenville.
The chief said Officer Thalmann died at 1 p.m. Monday at Vidant Medical Center with his family around him.
Chief Summers said Thalmann was with the department for seven short months, but that Thalmann’s dedication and service to the community was evident from his first day on the job.
The chief said Officer Thalmann leaves behind not only co-workers, but friends and a brotherhood of officers committed to serving the community as he did.
Mayor Dana Outlaw spoke to WITN from his city hall office, just minutes after the news conference. "New Bern grieves with the family and will continue to as we try to get through this," said Outlaw.
Police say Thalmann was wounded by a man he had stopped to question, who then ran away from Thalmann and another officer and shot them.
Investigators say Bryan Stalling of New Bern died after officers returned fire. Officer Justin Wester was also wounded in the gunfire, but he was released from Vidant on Saturday.
Thalmann was a 2010 graduate of Washington High School and was also a Marine Corps reservist.
"I had an opportunity to meet him on several occasions," said the mayor. "He was a fine young man. I have children that age, so it brings it all more home to me. We’ll work through this. Our sympathy and condolences to the family."
Thalmann is the third New Bern police officer to die in the line of duty, according to recent records. On Christmas Day 2001, Detective Donald Miller was shot and killed by a man driving recklessly at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Miller was leaving the hospital with his wife who just had a baby.
The Medical Examiner’s Office says an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.