MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (WNCN) — A Mount Holly, North Carolina, police officer was shot and killed during a confrontation with an armed suspect early Friday outside Charlotte.
Officials identified the officer as Mount Holly Officer Tyler Avery Herndon. He was 25.
Mount Holly police officers were involved in the shooting with what Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said was a breaking and entering suspect at a car wash.
The shooting occurred around 3:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Beatty Drive, which is just west of the Catawba River between Belmont and Mount Holly.
A Mount Holly officer was shot during the encounter and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Officials confirmed the officer later died from his injuries.
The suspect was treated and released from the hospital and was taken to the Gaston County Jail, Mount Holly police said.
The SBI has been called in to investigate.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved,” CMPD said.
Beatty Road will be closed throughout Friday morning as law enforcement investigates.
Friday evening, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered flags to be flown at half-staff starting Saturday and until sunset on Dec. 14 in honor of Herndon.
“Our prayers are with family and friends of Mount Holly Police Officer Tyler Herndon who was killed in the line of duty this morning protecting the community he loved. I spoke with Tyler’s parents and Chief Roper to offer our support and deepest condolences,” Cooper said in a prepared statement in a news release.
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