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Marine Reservist Police Officer shot in face, suspect dead

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New Bern, N.C., police officer Alexander Thalmann, 22, remains at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, after being shot in the face late Friday night.

According to reports, Bryan Stallings, 35, was stopped by Officer Thalmann and his partner Officer Justin Wester, 23, near the Craven Terrace Apartments just before midnight Friday. During the questioning Stallings apparently decided to “make a run for it” firing at the officers as he attempted to get away.

Both Thalmann and Wester returned fire, killing Stallings in the shootout.

Officer Wester was shot in the leg in the exchange but was treated and released at the hospital. He is on paid administrative leave while recovering at home.

Officer Thalmann remains hospitalized with his department declining to release additional information on his condition at this time.

Thalmann is also a Lance Corporal in the Marine Reserves with a Combat Logistic Battalion in Raleigh. He has had two overseas deployments to Afghanistan.

It is unknown if there were wants and warrants on Bryan Stallings.

The shooting incident remains under investigation, however, in a statement released by District Attorney Scott Thomas, initial indications show the shooting was justified by the officers.

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