Man wanted for shooting, killing NC officer captured in Rhode Island

Officer Tim Brackeen and Irving Lucien Fenner Jr.
Officer Tim Brackeen and Irving Lucien Fenner Jr.

PROVIDENCE, RI (WBTV) – A man accused of killing Shelby police officer Tim Brackeen over the weekend was arrested in Rhode Island Wednesday morning, WPRI reports. Four other people have also been arrested in the case.

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Police in Providence, Rhode Island were searching for 23-year-old Irving Fenner Jr. Tuesday night. Fenner was captured around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

“It’s been a long period of time where the detectives and the FBI agents all cultivating information, pretty good police work tracking him here. And they surrounded the house and they talked him out, and he surrendered, he came out peacefully,” Rhode Island State Police told WPRI.

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Irving Fenner
Irving Fenner

Shelby police confirmed four people were charged for their involvement in the case, including Fenner’s half sister.

Casey Fenner of New York, Jolisa Peeler of Rhode Island and Dietra Morris of Shelby were each charged with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder, which is a Class C felony.

Shelby police say the charges stem from “aid that they provided the suspect, Irving Lucien Fenner Jr., after the murder of Officer Tim Brackeen.”

Ashley Hamrick, the woman WBTV previously interviewed, was charged Tuesday with felony harboring a fugitive “for giving Fenner aid and comfort while he was subject to outstanding warrants for first-degree burglary, robbery with dangerous weapon, and second-degree kidnapping,” according to Shelby police.

Hamrick is accused of harboring Fenner, knowing he was wanted, when officer Brackeen attempted to serve warrants on him early Saturday morning.

WBTV interviewed Ashley Hamrick Monday night.
WBTV interviewed Ashley Hamrick Monday night.

During the interview with WBTV, Hamrick said, “Irving Fenner if you’re watching this you better turn yourself in because it’s not gonna end pretty.” Hamrick is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Authorities said Casey Fenner and Peeler “will be brought back here [NC] to face charges” but police don’t know when because “the extradition process takes different amounts of time based on the state.”

Fenner’s sister, who spoke with WBTV, said she didn’t know where her brother was. She said Brackeen shot him and that he could be dead “somewhere in the woods.”

WPRI reported that Fenner was taken to be treated for a gunshot wound following his arrest Wednesday morning.

Fenner was released from the hospital at 9 a.m. Wednesday and is now in a holding block at headquarters in Scituate.

WPRI reported there is a bullet behind his rib cage and they are going to leave it there.

Law enforcement from Shelby should be in Rhode Island Wednesday evening to interview Fenner, the station reported.

It was when Brackeen was attempting to serve that warrant, in the area of Parkview Street, when Fenner allegedly shot Brackeen in the torso. Officials said Brackeen passed away Monday morning at Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte.

Brackeen’s body was escorted Tuesday from the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office in Charlotte to the Cecil Burton Funeral Home in Shelby. The procession, which temporarily shut down part of Interstate 85 southbound, started just after 12:30 p.m. and ended around 2 p.m.

A GoFundMe page was set up for Brackeen. The page says “the funds raised will go to help Tim, Tim’s wife, and daughter during their time of crisis.”

Copyright 2016 WBTV. All rights reserved. WPRI contributed to this report.

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