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BREAKING: Mount Holly Police Officer Killed In Shootout

Belmont, NC – A Mount Holly police officer was murdered in the line of duty during a shootout with an armed burglary suspect early on Friday morning.

“The Mount Holly Police Officer who was injured during the incident has succumbed to the injuries he sustained,” the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) confirmed in a tweet. “His name is temporarily withheld to ensure appropriate family notifications are made.”

The incident began at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 when Mount Holly officers were dispatched to a report of a burglary-in-progress at a business located at 313 Beatty Drive, the Mount Holly Police Department (MHPD) said in a Facebook post.

“When officers arrived, they encountered an armed subject,” the MHPD said. “During the encounter, several shots were fired between the subject and several Mount Holly police officers in addition to a Gaston County police officer, who responded to the incident.”

One of the MHPD officers was hit by gunfire during the shootout.

He was rushed to Caromont Main hospital with “serious injuries,” according to the department.

The suspect suffered a “minor” gunshot wound during the encounter, the MHPD said.

He was transported to the hospital for treatment, and was subsequently released and booked into the Gaston County Jail.

The identities of the suspect and the fallen officer have not been released.

However, WSOC has identified the suspect as 24-year-old Joshua Tyler Funk and said the station had confirmed that information with the magistrate’s office.

The MHPD Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a “separate but parallel investigation” to determine whether or not police followed department procedures and policies during the incident, the department said.

The North Carolina Bureau of Investigation is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting, according to the CMPD.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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