SHELBY, N.C. -- Shelby police officer Tim Brackeen has died after he was shot in the line of duty just after midnight, Saturday morning, according to the Shelby Police Department.

Police secured warrants on 23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner, Jr.

Irving Lucien Fenner, Jr.
Irving Lucien Fenner, Jr.

Officer Brackeen was shot in the line of duty just after midnight, Saturday morning. Brackeen was on scene off of DeDalb near Gidney Street in Shelby, looking for a subject wanted on outstanding warrants.

Shortly after arriving on scene officers in the area heard shots fired. When officers went to Brackeen's location they found that he had been injured.

Officer Brackeen was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center and then taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment. The Shelby Police Department said Brackeen died at 11:42 a.m. Monday.

Brackeen's mother is a member of the Bethel Baptist church and asked church-goers for a special prayer Sunday morning. His brother, Stephen Brackeen, is a youth pastor at the church which is located across the street of where the shooting occurred.

Prior to the warrant on Fenners, another suspect was taken into custody at the time of the incident but was released five hours later. WCNC talked with the mother of the suspect who showed up on scene as her son was being arrested. Despite initial panicking, she knew her son would not shoot a police officer.

Additional charges on Fenners may be made later in the investigation. Fenners last known address is 2506 Blacksburg Road, Grover, NC.

Officer Brackeen had been with the Shelby Police Department 13 years and was assigned as a K9 Officer for the department. Brackeen was 38-years-old, married and has one daughter.

Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford says Brackeen is the longest serving K9 officer currently with the department and loved his job.

(CREDIT: Facebook - Phyllis Mitchell Brackeen)
(CREDIT: Facebook - Phyllis Mitchell Brackeen)

Officer Brackeen was given the title of 'Officer of the Year' in 2012.

Local company, Travis Roofing Guttering, will donate $1000 reward for info on suspect Irving Lucien Fenner, Jr. whereabouts, says Cleveland County Sheriff's Office.

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

Anyone with information as to the location of Fenner is asked to contact the Shelby Police Department at (704) 484-6845 or CrimeStoppers at (704) 481-TIPS (8477).

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