Irving Fenner Jr.- North Carolina- 2016 (CAPTURED) Sept 13, 2016 12:37:10 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Sept 13, 2016 12:37:10 GMT -5
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Shelby police officer who was shot while looking for a wanted man over the weekend has died, the police chief said Monday.
Officer Tim Brackeen, 38, died Monday morning at Carolinas Medical Center.
Law enforcement is still searching for Irving Fenner Jr., 23, who is accused of shooting Brackeen.
Brackeen was shot at 12:20 a.m. Saturday while looking for Fenner, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, officials said. Other responding officers heard the gunshots and found Brackeen near Parkview Street.
The police chief told Channel 9 that he was shot in the torso.
Brackeen was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center and then flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he died Monday.
Fenner was wanted on armed robbery and kidnapping charges. A new warrant has been issued against him for murder.
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Fenner's arrest.
Shelby resident Bob Cabaniss came to the department hoping to add $100 out of his pocket to the reward.
"I can't do anything police-wise, but maybe I can do something monetarily and help,” he said.
Fenner's last known address is 2506 Blacksburg Road in Grover, North Carolina.
Fenner is facing a first-degree murder charge, officials said.
Brackeen had been with the Shelby Police Department since July 2004 and worked as a K-9 officer. He was named Officer of the Year in 2012. He was married and had a daughter.
"We had been praying for him,” resident Annie Harris said. "When I heard the news it hurt me so bad"
She didn't know Brackeen, but she believes that he was working to serve and protect her.
"He was just out here just trying to do his job," Harris said.
"We feel so sorry for this situation right now," said Dr. Guillermo Lesassier, the father of Brackeen's former partner. “We need more people like him.”
Shelby Mayor Stan Anthony presented Brackeen with the Officer of the Year award four years ago.
"Our community is just in a state of shock right now, to lose someone that was such a devoted and loved employee of our city right now," Anthony said.
"It's a tragedy for Shelby and the nation. This has got out of hand," said Kristy Strickland, whose mother served on the police force with Brackeem, and who knew him well.
On Tuesday, Brackeen's body will be taken from the medical examiner's office in Charlotte to Cecil M. Burton's Funeral Home in Shelby.
The State Bureau of Investigation is helping with the investigation.
"At this time, our department asks for everyone to keep Officer Brackeen, his family and the entire department in their thoughts and prayers," Shelby police said in a news release.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Shelby Police Department at 704-484-6845 or CrimeStoppers at 704-481-8477.
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