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OFFICER DOWN: North Carolina Officer Killed in Shootout by Burglary Suspect
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OFFICER DOWN: North Carolina Officer Killed in Shootout by Burglary Suspect

by Leah AnayaDecember 11, 2020

Gaston County, NC – A Mount Holly Police Officer was killed early Friday morning in a shootout. The Gaston Emergency Medical Services said the incident occurred around 3:30am at the Mount Holly Car Wash and Arcade on Beatty Drive.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) said that officers responded to a burglary call at the business and came in contact with an armed suspect there. Multiple shots were reportedly fired by the suspect and three officers from MHPD and a Gaston County deputy who also responded.

Three people, including 25-year-old Mount Holly Police Officer Tyler Herndon, were taken to the Caromont Medical Center. Authorities reported that Herndon had serious injuries. Around 10:30am, CMPD announced that Officer Herndon had died at the hospital.
CMPD said that no other officers were injured during the shooting. The suspect, 24-year-old Joshua Tyler Funk, was one of those taken to the hospital, but he was said to have a minor injury. He was treated and released, then transported to the Gaston County Jail. He was booked on a charge of first degree murder.
Officer Herndon had been with the MHPD for less than two years, and he would have turned 26 years old this coming Sunday.

Senator Thom Tillis said on Facebook, “Susan and I send our deepest condolences to the Mount Holly Police Department and the family of Officer Tyler Herndon. This is a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers our men and women in blue face each day they go to work to protect our communities. Violent criminals who target law enforcement must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Gaston County Jail Booking Photo

Local news outlet the Gaston Gazette reported that Officer Herndon was recognized in the past by Fox 46 for his community relations efforts. Reportedly, he introduced himself all through the city and bought multiple community members gas and food when they were in need.

Mount Holly Mayor Bryan Hough also commented on the shooting, through tears. While driving in a procession to Charlotte late Friday morning, he said, “We are so sad. It’s emotional and so sad for his family, for the other officers and for him. Just senseless.

Mayor Hough continued, “Pray. Pray for the police officers who were there, who rode with him in the ambulance, who I can’t even imagine what they’re going to go through.”

About The Author
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya is a medically retired police officer. She served for three years at the Oakland Police Department, and just under five at a department in Washington State. Before that, she was an intelligence analyst in the US Army. She is now a stay at home mom living with her husband, who is still serving as a police officer, and their three children. She also grew up as the daughter of a police officer in California. Leah is now a writer and Deputy Editor at Law Enforcement News Network as well as the Business Manager for Washington State FOP. She's a peer support advocate for The Wounded Blue and Serve and Protect. You can find her on social media @leahmsanaya or at www.leahanaya.com.
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