SHELBY, N.C. (WBTV) – A Shelby police officer has died from his injuries after he was shot while serving a warrant early Saturday morning.
Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen was attempting to serve a warrant for 23-year-old Irving Fenner, Jr. in the area of Parkview Street, when Fenner allegedly shot Brackeen in the torso early Saturday morning.
Officials say Brackeen passed away Monday morning at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
It is with a heavy heart that I send this release,” Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford wrote in a statement. “Today at 11:42am Officer Tim Brackeen passed away at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte due to the injuries he received from the shooting on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.”
“At this time our department asks for everyone to keep Officer Brackeen’s family and the entire department in their thoughts and prayers,” Ledford continued.
Fenner is on the run and now had an outstanding warrant on him for attempted murder. That charge has now been upgraded to first-degree murder. Previously, he was wanted for armed robbery and kidnapping.
Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that the State is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Fenner.
McCrory released a statement on Brackeen’s passing on Monday afternoon.
Ann and I are offering thoughts and prayers to both the Brackeen family and to the Shelby Police Department for the loss of their colleague. Unfortunately this is another tragic example of the dangers those in law enforcement face in the line of duty each time they put on the uniform. The state is offering any assistance possible to help bring the individual or individuals responsible for his death to justice.”
Brackeen was a 12-year veteran of the Shelby Police Department and former officer of the year. He leaves behind a wife and one child, police said.
CBS North Carolina contributed to this report