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Rhode Island authorities arrest suspected Shelby cop killer

Posted September 14

Authorities were searching Monday for 23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner Jr., who is charged in Brackeen's death.

— Authorities in Rhode Island on Wednesday arrested a fugitive wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a police officer in Shelby, according to reports.

NBC affiliate WCNC reported Wednesday morning that Irving Fenner Jr. was arrested around 2:30 a.m. and was taken to a nearby hospital. Fenner is accused of shooting 38-year-old Officer Tim Brackeen of the Shelby Police Department in the western North Carolina city on Saturday.

Late Tuesday night, a state police tactical team raided a home in South Providence just before 9 p.m. in hopes of finding 23-year-old Fenner.

Maj. Joseph Philbin says the suspect was not at the home. His half-sister was reportedly taken into custody.

Brackeen, who was found shot in the chest, died on Monday.

It's unclear how authorities came to believe Fenner is currently in Rhode Island.

Police in North Carolina made two other arrests in connection with Brackeen's shooting death: Deitria Morris was arrested as an accessory after the fact and Ashley Michelle Hamrick faces charges of felony harboring an escapee.


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  • Edward Anderson Sep 14, 12:33 p.m.
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    ....but only after we pay for the best surgical/healthcare possible to keep him from dying of his gunshot wound. *SMH*

  • Lance Cotten Sep 14, 11:11 a.m.
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    From what I heard on radio this morning he had a gunshot wound.. so apparently the officer who died was able to get off a few rounds... now he'll be put on death row to sit for the next 50 years.

  • Deborah Miller Sep 14, 10:09 a.m.
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    Rev. William Barber? Can you please begin to address the issue of people of color involved in police officer shootings in addition to addressing when a person of color is shot by a police officer? I believe someone of your status could have a positive impact on this issue as well.

  • Arron Lee Sep 14, 8:22 a.m.
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    The suspect was arrested and "taken to a nearby hospital?" OK, guess we have to figure this one out.