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Lawmen ride bikes to honor New Bern officer killed in line of duty

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Apr 17 2014 10:40:39 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 17 2014 11:57:17 AM CDT
NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

Several law enforcement officers rode their bicycles from Onslow County to Craven County Thursday to honor the New Bern officer killed in the line of duty.

Two officers with the Jacksonville Police Department --Deputy Chief Tim Malfitano and Det. David Militier-- along with Sgt. Mark Perrigo of the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, started the bike ride from Jacksonville Thursday morning to pay their respects to fallen New Bern Officer Alexander Thalmann.

Just before noon Thursday, the cyclists arrived at the New Bern Police Department, where they presented a memorial bracelet honoring Thalmann to Police Chief Toussaint Summers, Jr.

Officer Thalmann was fatally shot on March 28 in the area of Craven Terrace in New Bern. According to Chief Summers, it all started when officers stopped 35-year-old Bryan Stallings that night for suspicious activity.

But Stallings then ran away and began shooting at both Officer Thalmann and another officer, Justin R. Wester, Chief Summers said.

Thalmann was shot in the face and died from his injuries on March 31, said Chief Summers. He was 22 years old.

The suspect, Stallings, was also shot and killed, according to investigators.

The other officer shot, Wester, was treated and released from Vidant Medical Center.

Chief Summers said Thalman had only been with the New Bern Police Department for seven months.