Law enforcement training instructors at Beaufort County Community College are mourning the loss of their former student and cadet, New Bern Police Officer Alexander Thalmann, who died after being shot in the line of duty.
Officer Thalmann was a graduate of the Basic law Enforcement Training program at BCCC.
The BLET academy has a spring session from January until graduation in May, which Thalmann participated in last year, graduating in May of 2013.
Instructors who taught him say he was a talented, intelligent cadet, who was very prepared to become an officer once he left the program.
BLET Director Larry Barnes, says, "He was a student I really became very close to because he was just a very nice young man, had a willingness to want to learn and become a law enforcement officer. And I think he understood the inherent risk of being in law enforcement."
The college says this is the first former cadet they have ever lost in the line of duty.
They say it has been a wake-up call for current cadets, especially since Thalmann was just 22-years-old.
Thalmann also spent time with the Beaufort County Sheriffs Office, doing ride-along training while still in school.
Captain Russell Davenport with the sheriff's office says Thalmann's says youth, or inexperience isn't what put him in danger. He says the career path each officer chooses does that on its own. Davenport says, "This could happen to anybody who's been on law enforcement for a year, or somebody that's been on it for 10 or 15 years. This did not just happen because he was a rookie."
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