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A 25-year-old police officer was shot dead just two days before his birthday.
Officer Tyler Herndon was killed in a shootout in Mount Holly, North Carolina, while fighting an armed thief early Friday.
Joshua Funk, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after police said he opened fire on officers at the scene.
Officer Herndon would celebrate his 26th birthday with his twin sister on Sunday – now his family is planning a funeral just two weeks after Christmas.
Governor Roy Cooper was among those who paid tribute to Herndon: ‘Our prayers are with the family and friends of Mount Holly Police Officer Tyler Herndon, who was murdered on duty to protect the society he loved.’
Tim Moore, a Cleveland representative, added: ‘It is an unthinkable tragedy that this young man, a devoted officer who wanted to spend his career to protect public safety, died in a senseless act of violence.
“Officer Herndon will be forever remembered for his sacrifice in his service to North Carolina, and I urge every citizen of our state to pray for their friends and family who have suffered this terrible loss.”
At 3.30am Friday, fire was opened after Herndon and three other officers responded to reports of theft at a car wash in Mount Holly.
Officers confronted the thief before the shooting, which injured three people, including Officer Herndon.
Pamela Spencer sitting across from the car wash told WCNC that she heard ‘several’ gunshots before being flooded by the district police.
Herndon, an officer for less than two years, was hospitalized with serious injuries before dying of his injuries.
Among the injured was the suspect Funk, who was slightly injured after being stripped by a bullet.
The other injured person could not be identified and the police did not provide information about his situation.
The three surviving officers were on administrative leave as per department policy while the investigation was being conducted.
Mount Holly Police Chief Don Roper praised Herdon at a press conference and said he had ‘potential’ as an officer.
Please let this remind us all to take care of each other and accept the sacrifice most of us have made so that our society can be good places.
Funk is currently being held in police custody, accused of first-degree murder.
The State Investigation Bureau, the Home Office and the Holly Mountain Police Department are investigating the shooting.
Herndon’s death is the first occurrence of an officer from Mount Holly being killed while on duty.