Officer murdered in shootout during response to breaking and entering call

MOUNT HOLLY, NC – A North Carolina police officer was reportedly shot and killed during a shootout with a suspect that took place during the early morning hours of December 11th. 

Officials say that Mount Holly Police Officer Tyler Herndon was one of many officers who responded to a breaking and entering call at the Mount Holly Car Wash and Arcade at around 3:30 a.m. on December 11th. 

At some point during the exchanged gunfire, Officer Herndon was struck. Officials say that the officer was rushed to CaroMont Regional Medical Center for then-noted critical injuries.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police revealed in an update that the Officer Herndon passed away at approximately 10:30 a.m. on December 1st while being treated at the medical center. 

Officer Herndon was said to have passed away just two days before his 26th birthday. 

In a Facebook post from the Mount Holly Police Department, the following was written regarding the officer’s passing: 

“It is with heavy hearts that we share that our brother Officer Tyler Herndon passed away as a result of injuries sustained from this morning’s shooting. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Flags for the MHPD were reportedly flown at half-staff on December 11th after the news of the officer’s death was confirmed. 

A local woman who happened to be dropping off some breakfast for the officer’s at the MHPD building commented on the sad news regarding Officer Herndon’s death: 

“It’s just a terrible thing to come to such a small town and to lose an officer and to lose a loved one so close to the holidays. Anytime that happens, it’s terrible.”

The suspect police say that opened fire on officers during the response was 24-year-old Joshua Tyler Funk. He was reportedly also shot during the exchanged gunfire, but was reportedly not seriously injured. 

Officials say that Funk was treated briefly for the gunshot wound sustained and released into police custody shortly thereafter.

Joshua Tyler Funk mugshot
Joshua Tyler Funk – Gaston County Jail

A third person was also injured during the shootout between the suspect and police, but officials haven’t detailed anything on who that person is. 

Reportedly two other MHPD officers and one Gaston County police officer were involved in the shootout with the suspect, and all three have been placed on administrative leave in line with standard protocols. 

In a statement related to the shooting and the fallen officer, Senator Thom Tillis shared the following: 

“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.”

Funk is currently being held on a charge of first-degree murder. 

This is a developing investigation. 

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In other news regarding recently fallen officers, a family of an officer who passed away from the novel virus reportedly had to fight to have their loved one afforded the proper burial. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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CHICAGO, IL – A family was fighting to have their loved one, a 14-year Chicago Police veteran who died after contracting COVID-19, afforded the proper burial that other Chicago officers were afforded after passing away from the virus. 

But delays stemming from a noted toxicology report not having been filed by the medical examiner had this family worried that this officer wouldn’t be given a proper police burial. 

It wasn’t until a local news crew started asking questions about the matter that this officer has been granted what was due when laying him to rest. 

On November 24th, 46-year-old CPD Officer Titus Moore was found dead inside of his home. According to Thea Moore, Titus’ sister, the CPD officer passed away not long after being sent home after having contracted COVID: 

“He was sick on the job.  They told him to go home. They saw his symptoms and he had been communication with them, calling medical and not getting answers or responses.”

Officer Moore had been on the job for 14 years, following in his father’s footsteps who was also a CPD officer. 

In the days following Officer Moore’s death, Thea explained how they weren’t making any headway regarding his burial arrangements due to the medical examiner having not concluded that Officer Moore’s cause of death was from the pandemic: 

“We feel in limbo. We want to honor him, to make his arrangements and make sure Titus is taken care of.”

The family was gearing up to potentially bury their loved one without the funeral arrangements that other Chicago Police officers had been afforded throughout 2020 after they’d passed away from the pandemic. 

After Officer Marco DiFranco passed away in April of 2020 from the pandemic, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that CPD officers that wound up passing away due to the virus would be afforded the same benefits associated with a line-of-duty death: 

“Since the moment this crisis arrived, it has been health care workers, first responders like [Officer Marco DiFranco] who have been putting their lives on the line every day to fight this virus.”

Thea remarked on that notoin, saying that this is a matter that shouldn’t even have to be debated since the mayor already made the matter clear months earlier: 

“He should receive full honors. If the mayor and superintendent say officers who die from COVID get line of duty, we want him to get line of duty and be recognized and honored accordingly, fully.”

Local news outlet WGN began reaching out to officials to gain an understanding of what the hold-up was with arranging Officer Moore’s burial – which said questioning led to a rather quick determination that Officer Moore would be afforded a full “honors funeral” in the coming week. 

In a statement released by teh CPD on the matter, the following was conveyed: 

“The death of Officer Titus Moore is a loss for the Chicago Police Department and the entire city… in memory of Officer Moore and his 14-years of service, CPD is coordinating an honors funeral for him next week.”

Reportedly that distinction only relates to Officer Moore’s funeral, and no other benefits related to a line-of-duty death. Undoubtedly that aspect will be settled once the ME’s report on the cause of death is filed. 

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