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Grand jury indicts man accused of killing NC police officer

December 15, 2020 GMT

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A grand jury in North Carolina has indicted a man accused of fatally shooting a police officer who was responding to a call.

The Gaston County grand jury returned the indictment against Joshua Tyler Funk after meeting to listen to witness testimonies on Monday, Gaston Superior Court Clerk Roxann Rankin told The Charlotte Observer.

Funk, 24, had been charged with murder for the death of Mount Holly police officer Tyler Herndon. The officer was shot while responding to a breaking and entering call early Friday and taken to a hospital, where he later died.

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Monday’s indictment indicates that the grand jury thinks there is enough evidence for a trial, Rankin said. That will happen when the courts resume activities that have been paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Funk’s first court appearance will be on Friday, Rankin said.

A candlelight vigil was held for Herndon on Sunday. His funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain on Tuesday.