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New Bern, N.C. Marine reservist police officer killed in the line of duty

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Just moments ago it was learned that New Bern, N.C., police officer Alexander Thalmann, 22, has died after being shot in face late Friday night.

According to reports, Officer Thalmann and his partner Officer Justin Wester, 23, stopped Bryan Stallings, 35, at Craven Terrace 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 was also a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Reserves assigned to a Combat Logistic Battalion in Raleigh. He 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 shootings by the police officers were justified.

Read more here.

There is an autopsy scheduled for tomorrow.

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