Community bids farewell to fallen CMPD officer Joshua Eyer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – On Friday, the city of Charlotte, family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers from across the United States gathered to honor and remember fallen Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Joshua Eyer at his funeral.

Eyer was one of four men who lost their lives in the line of duty Monday in east Charlotte. They were attempting to serve a court order when the suspect opened fire, killing them and wounding four others.

Born in New Jersey, Eyer was only 31 years old. Prior to his service with CMPD, he spent 12 years with the North Carolina Army National Guard and was deployed twice. He joined CMPD in 2017 and served in the North Tryon Division.

He married his wife, Ashley, that same year. The couple has a 3-year-old son named Andrew.

Before the 10 a.m. funeral at First Baptist Church in Uptown, Officer Eyer was escorted from CMPD headquarters to First Baptist Church in a horse-drawn box.

After the service, a procession of vehicles escorted him to Sharon Memorial Park, which was law enforcement only, and which included many officers from various agencies. CMPD is encouraging the community to cover the route to show support.

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