Gov. McCrory set to speak at fallen NC officer’s funeral

Tim Brackeen
Tim Brackeen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to speak at the funeral for a Shelby Police officer killed in the line of duty.

McCrory made the announcement while speaking to business leaders at the Palm for the Hood Hargett Breakfast meeting Thursday morning in Charlotte.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Friday at Keeter Stadium, the baseball stadium located on the campus of Shelby High School.

Officer Brackeen’s younger brother, Rev. Stephen Brackeen, will officiate his funeral.

The North Carolina Trooper’s Association Caisson Unit will take part in the funeral, helping escort Officer Brackeen’s body.

“Our team will work tirelessly to make sure Officer Brackeen is laid to rest with the highest of honors,” the group wrote online. “He has given his life to protect others. God speed sir.”

Brackeen will be buried at Sunset Cemetery following the service.

Crowds have packed memorials held Wednesday and Thursday nights to honor Brackeen at Bethel Baptist Church in Shelby.

Officer Tim Brackeen was shot early Saturday morning while serving an arrest warrant on 23-year-old Irving Fenner Jr. in the area of Parkview Street.

Brackeen died from those injuries Monday morning at Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte.

The governor released a statement on Brackeen’s death Monday afternoon and reportedly visited him in the hospital the day before.

“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.”

Hours earlier, McCrory announced that the State was offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Brackeen’s shooter.

The reward was later upped to $25,000 after money was contributed from various individuals, CrimeStoppers, City of Shelby, and county government.

Fenner was arrested in Rhode Island Wednesday morning. He has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Brackeen.

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