NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - It's been one month since the New Bern Police Department lost one of its own. It was a tragedy that shook the city to its core, but a community came together to honor a fallen hero.
Police said on March 28th Thalmann was shot by Bryan Stallings, who was also killed when gun fire was returned. Investigators said three days later Thalmann passed away due to his injuries.
Mayor Dana Outlaw said the city is still picking up the pieces from a night many people may never forget.
"I don't know in the history of New Bern where we've had such a loss. This is a great day for all of us to stop and pray and continue to keep our officer in our prayers," he said.
The City of New Bern will host a memorial service on May 21st to honor all fallen officers in Craven County, including Officer Alexander Thalmann.
The monument that once stood beside the courthouse with the names of fallen officers has been moved to the New Bern Police Department, according to a memo from the board of aldermen.
Officials told NewsChannel 12 they will reveal the statue with Officer Thalmann's name added to it during the memorial service.
"I'll never forget what he meant to the city. It will move us along in a different way," Mayor Outlaw explained.
The board also approved a request to temporarily close the 600 and 700 blocks of Queen Street and the 500 and 600 of George Street from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for the service.
A blue candle still burns at the police station in honor of Thalmann.
Many questions remain about what happened the night officer Alexander Thalmann was shot in Craven Terrace.
The SBI is still investigating the shooting.
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