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The Latest: Funeral held for Shelby police officer

Posted September 16

— The Latest on the shooting death of a North Carolina police officer (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

Police officers and their canine companions from across North Carolina have paid their final respects to a Shelby police officer who was shot and killed one week ago.

Officers came to Shelby from as far away as Fayetteville on Friday for the funeral of Officer Tim Brackeen.

Gov. Pat McCrory spoke at the funeral and told those in attendance, "We lost a hero this past week."

The suspect in Brackeen's shooting, Irving Fenner Jr., is fighting extradition to North Carolina from Rhode Island, where he was captured on Wednesday.

2 a.m.

A fugitive from justice wanted in connection with the slaying of a police officer in North Carolina was ordered held in Rhode Island after refusing to waive extradition back to the state.

Thursday's proceedings in Warwick District Court mean that it will now be up to authorities in North Carolina to seek the return of 23-year-old Irving Fenner.

Fenner was arrested in Coventry on Wednesday following a statewide manhunt. He's wanted on charges of first-degree murder stemming from the fatal shooting of 38-year-old Shelby police Officer Tim Brackeen on Saturday.

Cleveland County District Attorney Mike Miller says his office will seek the death penalty against Fenner.

Fenner will next appear on Oct. 14 for a status update on his extradition.

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