'Irving shot that cop,' witness says

A police officer shot in the line of duty has died.

SHELBY, N.C. -- Ashley Hamrick still can't quite believe what she says she saw.

"I saw his man shoot this cop and then he said, 'Ashley, Ashley!' like he was warning me not to say something, but I'm brave."

The mother of two says she was sitting in the car outside her house, and when she heard the gunshots, she jumped from the car and ran.

"The light from the streetlight hit his face and I seen it, and I know it was him-- I've known him all my life."

Hamrick says she saw her friend, 23-year-old Irving Fenner, Jr., shoot veteran police officer Tim Brackeen.

In a strange twist, Hamrick calls the officer a friend, too, saying he helped her get out of an abusive relationship and would often check on her  wellbeing.

"Tim was not just a cop, not just a friend, that's my family."

Hamrick says the suspect was her roommate's boyfriend, but they'd kicked him out a week ago.

She says she doesn't know why he was back at the house, but investigators say Brackeen was there to serve warrants on him for kidnapping and armed robbery.

"I've seen him be abusive but I never thought he’d shoot a cop."

Police were back at Hamrick's house collecting evidence. She says she's helping them find Irving Fenner because she wants justice for the fallen officer.

"Irving shot that cop," Hamrick stated.

Investigators are continuing to chase leads for the man now wanted for the murder of a police officer.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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