Local church rallies around Shelby officer shot in line of duty

Family of a Shelby police officer is asking for prayers as he is fighting for his life. Officer Tim Brackeen was shot in the line of duty Saturday morning.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Officer Tim Brackeen's family asked Bethel Baptist church for a special prayer Sunday morning.

“Seek the power of God for a miracle on his behalf,” Pastor Tim Sims told the congregation.  “They realize without it, they will probably lose their son in this tragedy.”

Brackeen's mother is a member at Bethel and his brother, Stephen, is the youth pastor.

The church also overlooks the street where Officer Brackeen was shot serving a warrant early Saturday morning. Brackeen and other officers were looking for Irving Lucien Fenner, Jr., on an outstanding warrant for armed robbery and kidnapping. Now police want to charge Fenner with attempted murder for shooting Brackeen.

Pastor Tim Sims spent Saturday at the hospital with Brackeen's family and says his situation is grim.

“He’s a strong man who’s suffered a tremendous blow, and right now he just needs a lot of prayer,” said Sims. “It’s grave.”

Bethel rallied around Brakeen's family during their Sunday service. A special blessing for first responders on 9/11 included a prayer for their injured officer.

“We remember how many heroes have fallen,” said Sims of the 9/11 tribute, “and our own hero here in Cleveland County, that God will touch him.”

Church member Joel Williams is a state trooper who stepped in to teach Stephen Brackeen's Sunday school class so he could be at the hospital with his brother. He said the church is reaching out to the local law enforcement community.

“We’re very sad about what happened down just below our church yesterday,” said Williams. “We’re just praying for Tim.”

They're praying for a miracle, that Officer Brackeen can continue the life of service he's known for in Shelby.

“Officer Brackeen’s family is not bitter, they’re not angry,” said Sims. “Their focus is on their son, their brother, their dad and husband getting better.”

The Cleveland County Christian Law Enforcement Association will be holding a prayer vigil at 7pm on Monday night, according to Cleveland County Police. The event will take place on the Court Square in uptown Shelby. "Everyone is invited and encouraged to wear something blue," they said.

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